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Commit to quit

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month.    Do you know that in 2009, there were 159, 390 lung cancer deaths nationwide, and 2,820 of those occurred in Arizona (American Cancer Society)?  Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, killing more than 1.3 million people last year (World Health Organization).

The most common cause of lung cancer worldwide is long-term exposure to tobacco smoke; 87% of lung cancers in the United States are directly attributed to smoking tobacco (Mortality Estimates from National Vital Statistics).

Cigarette smoking is also one of the largest preventable causes of death and disability in the United States (American Lung Institute).  Non-inhaled tobacco, such as chewing, pipe, hookah, and smokeless tobacco can also be harmful, causing oral, lip, and throat cancers.  Infants exposed to second-hand smoke are at increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and young children to developing asthma, allergies, and other breathing disorders (Clinical Medicine, 2009).

Why not give yourself and your loved ones the best holiday gift ever, and “commit to quit” this coming New Year?  Establish a “quit date”.  Find a “quit buddy”.  Use mouthwash, sugarless gum or mints often.  Brush your teeth after eating.  Increase your daily exercise.  Pick up a new (or old) hobby.

Please consider utilizing your health care provider as your ally in quitting smoking.  We are here for you!  Make an appointment at your earliest convenience to discuss the many helpful treatment plans we offer to assist you in achieving your New Year’s goal of quitting smoking!  Desert Bloom Family Practice wishes you a healthful holiday season and Smoke-Free New Year!

Marguerite Havlis, FNP-BC Family Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified

Desert Bloom Family Practice

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