Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, and lung diseases (including emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction). An estimated 90% of all deaths from chronic obstructive lung disease are caused by smoking. On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers. Each day, about 1,000 people younger than 18 years of age begin smoking.
Smoking is associated with the following adverse health effects:
Low birth weight
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Postmenopausal women who smoke have lower bone density
Women who smoke have an increased risk of hip fracture
Smokeless Tobacco (also known as "spit" or "chew") contains 28 cancer-causing agents. It also increases the risk of developing cancer of the oral
cavity. Smokeless tobacco is also associated with leukoplakia, which is a precancerous lesion of the soft tissue in the mouth that consists of a white patch or plaque that cannot be scraped off. It may also cause recession of the gums, gum disease, and tooth decay. Smokeless tobacco use by men causes reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm cells.
South Central Public Health District offers a variety of Tobacco Cessation programs. The programs are 4 to 8 sessions long, FREE of charge, and offered several times a year in various communities. There are programs specifically designed for pregnant women, adults, and teens. For more information call 737-5988, or email the Coordinator.
Adult Smoking Cessation Program is designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior. The clinic format encourages participants to work on the process and problems of quitting, individually and as part of a group.
Ending Nicotine Dependence (E.N.D.) is a six-week program targeting youth from 6th through 12th grade. END classes help youth build skills and knowledge to help reduce and end tobacco addiction. Participants learn skills to communicate more effectively, handle stress, make decisions, set short and long-term goals, eat healthy, and realize the importance of physical activity.
Idaho Prenatal Smoking Cessation program is targeted for pregnant women enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program . This program is designed to provide tobacco cessation services to women throughout their pregnancies during their WIC appointments.
Idaho QuitLine is a free telephone counseling service designed to help smokers quit. This confidential service connects tobacco users with trained counselors who guide and support them through the process of becoming tobacco-free.
1-800-Quit-Now (784-8669) counselors are available:
Monday - Thursday 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. MST
Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. MST
Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. MST
Idaho QuitNet is a free internet service that can help you quit smoking. It offers expert advice on quitting, online support from other smokers who are trying to quit, and information about medications that may make quitting easier. Idaho QuitNet is available 24 hours a day at
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