We have known for the last 50 years that people who smoke cigarettes are much more likely to develop – and die from-certain diseases than people who don’t smoke. More than 20 million Americans have died because of smoking since the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health was issued in 1964. Most of the deaths were adults who smoked, but 2.5 million were nonsmokers who died because they breathed secondhand smoke. Scientists have identified more than 7000 chemicals in tobacco smoke. At least 70 of them are known to cause cancer. Along with many kinds of cancer smoking is also linked to stroke, diabetes mellitus, coronary heart disease, reproductive health issues, COPD, TB, asthma and other respiratory diseases and many other conditions.
The North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy, also known as BreatheND, www.breathend.com , is a division of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Executive Committee. In 2008, North Dakota voters passed an initiated measure requiring that a portion of the funds the state receives from tobacco settlement dollars (a portion called the Strategic Contribution Fund) is to be dedicated to reduce tobacco use through science-based tobacco prevention and control programs. The Center, along with the North Dakota Department of Health, local public health units and other partners, is charged with implementing North Dakota’s comprehensive state tobacco prevention plan: Saving Lives – Saving Money.
If you are ready to quit using tobaccoThere is more than one way to quit tobacco. No single method of quitting works for everyone. NDQuits offers several FREE options so you can find the way that works best for you. All NDQuits services include free counseling, advice and support and free nicotine replacement products for those who qualify.
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