Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the
U.S., killing more than 480,000 Americans each year, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It causes immediate damage
to your body and can lead to long-term health problems, including heart
disease, lung cancer, stroke, asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease). For every person who dies of smoking, at least 30 people live
with a serious smoking-related illness.
It’s best to never start smoking in the first place. But even if
you’ve smoked for decades, it’s never too late to quit! Within
hours of quitting, your blood pressure, pulse rate and blood oxygen levels
return to normal. Within a few weeks, your shortness of breath and chronic
cough disappears. In just one year, your risk of heart disease is half
that of a smoker’s. And after 15 years, your risk is the same as
that of a nonsmoker.
So what are you waiting for? Baton Rouge General’s smoking cessation
program can help you kick the habit for good. Our program is affordable,
convenient and effective.
Click here to learn more about our Smoking Cessation program.