Thursday, November 21, 2013

It's a Great Day to Quit Smoking

Tobacco use is the single greatest preventable cause of disease and premature death in Texas. Smoking kills 24,500 Texans each year and costs $12.2 billion in medical care expenses and lost productivity. That is more than the number of deaths from AIDS, heroin, cocaine, alcohol, car accidents, fire, and murder combined.

A week before Thanksgiving every year, millions of smokers commit to a longer, healthier future by kicking their tobacco addiction. The Great American Smokeout urges people to stay smoke-free for a day, perhaps forever. Health benefits for ex-smokers and those around them are immense.

 The habit is hard to break but not impossible. Forty-six million Americans smoke. Make the commitment to be one less by Nov. 17. Talk to your doctor for help and resources to quit smoking.

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