The Centers for Disease Control has declared that smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, killing 443,000 people annually. Second-hand smoke, according to the CDC, causes an estimated 42,000 deaths from heart disease and 3,400 lung cancer deaths among non-smokers in America annually.
There are many, many helpful Internet resources to provide more information on the dangers of smoking, and to help those who choose to quit. Here are just a few:
- Smokefree.gov offers Quit Plans and resources to help you quit your use of smoked tobacco products
- The National Cancer Institute offers a Smoking Quitline at 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)
- Smokefree Women: women.smokefree.gov
- Smokefree Teens: teen.smokefree.gov
- Smokefree TXT is a mobile text messaging program that provides 24/7 tips, advice, and encouragement for quitting the smoking habit.
- In Alabama, smokers may get free help by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visiting www.alabamaquitnow.com.