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Feb 26

Celebrate Your Heart by Quitting Tobacco

American Heart Month is coming to an end, but it’s not too late to think about your heart health. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. However, heart disease, also known as coronary artery disease or CAD, is preventable and treatable. Smoking is a major risk factor.

Did you know that smoking is the biggest risk factor for sudden cardiac death? That’s more than cheeseburgers, more than lack of exercise, and more than stress.

Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your heart. And the results are almost instant. Your risk of heart attack drops only 24 hours after your last cigarette and can decrease up to 75% overall. It’s time to quit … for your heart’s sake.

Quitline Iowa (i-800-QUIT NOW) is a FREE service that can help you on the road to become tobacco-free. Based on 25 years of research and experience, they teach people how to become experts in living without tobacco using “The 4 Essential Practices to Quit For Life.”

  1. Quit at Your Own Pace. Quit on your terms, but get the help you need, when you need it.
  2. Conquer Your Urges to Smoke. Gain the skills you need to control cravings, urges and situations involving tobacco.
  3. Use Medications So They Really Work. Learn how to supercharge your quit attempt with the proper us of nicotine substitutes or medications.
  4. Don’t Just Quit, Become a Non-Smoker. Once you’ve stopped using tobacco, learn never again to have that “first” cigarette.

Ringgold County Public Health supports the county in their efforts to become a healthier place to live. This local tobacco-free effort is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through a Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant.

Click here to see the Quitline Iowa ad that really brings it home to Ringgold County!