Secondhand Smoke Is a Killer

2nd hand smoke article picWould You Stop Smoking to Protect the People Around You?

If smokers understood how their secondhand smoke impacts the health of children and adults, they’d think twice about lighting up. Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic and about 70 that can cause cancer.

For nonsmokers, breathing secondhand smoke has immediate, harmful effects on the heart and blood vessels—and causes more than 40,000 deaths from lung cancer and heart disease in the U.S. each year.

In children, secondhand smoke causes ear infections, more frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections (bronchitis and pneumonia), and a greater risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

And it doesn’t matter if you blow smoke the other way—the Surgeon General says there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Separating smokers from nonsmokers, opening windows or using air filters does not prevent people from breathing secondhand smoke.

Stop Polluting the Air

The Quit For Life program helps you stop smoking for everyone’s good. The Bledsoe Health Trust provides the program free to all active participants, spouses and dependents (age 18 and older). It offers many kinds of support to help you quit tobacco, including coaching, printed and online resources and a supportive, online community made up of people like you.

You’ll get advice on which type, dose, and duration of nicotine substitute or medication is right for you, and how to use it so it really works. Your Health Plan provides coverage for tobacco cessation medications—such as Bupropion, Zyban and Chantix—if medically appropriate. In addition, smoking cessation treatment, including medication, may also be covered at no cost to you as part of your preventive care.

Get started now by calling 1-866-QUIT-4-LIFE (866-784-8454) to enroll or learn more.

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