World No Tobacco Day

Today is World No Tobacco Day, and people dying of tobacco use is still an issue in this day and age. According to the CDC more than 480,000 people die from tobacco related deaths each year, including more than 41,000 from second hand exposure. That number is staggering considering that it is preventable, by not smoking.  Back in the day we were not made as aware of the issues that come with smoking, but now, the effects of smoking are advertised everywhere. Because the effects were not as well-known years ago, people were suing the tobacco industry and winning. That would include Cynthia Robinson who won one of the largest settlements at $23.6 billion. Click here for the details of the lawsuit, including a kind of step-by-step of how her husband died from smoking, at the young age of 36.
Maybe you are someone who is not concerned about your health, or the health of those around you, there are still plenty of other reasons to quit. Some of these reasons are money, smell, or looks, and this article outlines it all. Quitting is not easy, anyone who has smoked understands this. It is more than just the addiction, it is also the action, it becomes a part of your routine, lots to change. Here is a link to help you quit, when you decide you are ready.  Make sure you also talk to your friends and family, they are more than likely ready to help you! Good luck!