Health and Wellness

Quit the Tobacco Habit!

Facts You Should Know:

Tobacco use, second-hand smoke, and environmental smoke greatly increase the risk of:

  • Heart disease, circulation problems
  • Stroke, brain aneurysm
  • Cancer
  • Respiratory infections and asthma
  • Chronic lung diseases like emphysema and COPD in adults
  • Miscarriage, stillbirth, prematurity and low birth weight

Tobacco use also:

  • Reduces the senses of taste and smell
  • Makes wrinkles worse, reduces softness of skin
  • Is a major cause of erectile dysfunction
  • Causes teeth discoloration
  • Gives cloths, hair, breath, care and home an odor that others find offensive
  • Sends an unhealthy message to kids
  • Can affect the health of pets

Why Stop?

  • Nicotine is out of your system in three days
  • Smoking and other tobacco use costs you time and money
  • Insurance premiums may cost more if you have used tobacco products
  • Out-of-pocket medical bills may increase
  • Sick time or paid-time-off is used more

How To Stop

  • Cold turkey
  • Cutting back daily
  • Combination of one of the above with drugs

Free smoking cessation classes are offered at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.  Call the Careline at 1-800-243-1455 to register and learn more about upcoming classes.

Additional support:
Penn State QUITLINE: 1-877-724-1090  or 1-800-QUIT-NOW