Many smokers dismiss the devastating effects of secondhand smoke.  They are in denial about what their smoking habit is doing to their children and their non-smoking friends.  The U.S. Surgeon General, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have the data to prove them wrong.

  • World wide, secondhand smoke kills more than 600,000 people each year, 50,000 in the United States.
  • Babies exposed to secondhand smoke can die of SIDS – Sudden Death Syndrome.
  • Babies and children experience respiratory and ear infections as well as severe asthma attacks due to secondhand smoke.
  • Non-smokers of all ages can be victims of lung cancer, heart disease and stroke because of secondhand smoke.

Don’t let your family become a secondhand smoke statistic. 

Join the St. Barnabas Medical Center’s Freedom from Tobacco program.  A plan designed to meet your needs will be developed ranging from total nicotine abstinence to pharmaceutical therapy, nicotine replacement or a combination of all three.  Call 724-443-7231.

 

Here is the personal story of 50-year-old ex-smoker Rachel L. of Wexford, PA.

Smoking Is Not Cool!

I have been clean for 23 years – of cigarette smoking.  I was 15 when I smoked my first cigarette.  My favorite cousin smoked and I thought it was so cool.  At first it was just two or three a day, but by the time I was 24, I was up to a pack a day – 20 — Camels, unfiltered.

It was then I decided to quit.  I hated the smoky smell of my clothes, my hair.  I tried cold turkey – that didn’t work.  Then I tried Nicorette gum – no luck.  It tasted awful.  Finally, at age 27, I quit.  It took the Nicoderm cq patch and a complete lifestyle change for me to succeed.  I was diagnosed with a non-related syndrome and placed on medication that didn’t mix well with alcohol.  So, no more clubbing or cocktails usually associated with smoking. 

My advice to young smokers – quit now!  It’s a smelly, expensive habit that is very hard to break.  And it’s not cool. 

We would like to hear your smoking story.  Send to Faith & Work, 5850 Meridian Rd. Gibsonia, PA, 15044. Please help us break our nation’s smoking habits! 

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