Cigarettes and smoking-related diseases are currently the cause of more than 44,000 American deaths each year, as well as over $150 billion in health care costs. Before anyone knew of the risks though (such as back in the 40’s and 50’s), everyone used to smoke! That is why January 11th is so important. On January 11, 1964, Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report that stated “smoking may be hazardous to one’s health.” This report, Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States, also suggested that there was evidence of a link between smoking and emphysema, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. This was the first time that people started truly analyzing what it was that they were putting into their bodies, and many people quit soon after.
With New Years being less than two weeks ago, it makes you wonder how many people made it their resolution to quit smoking, and how many are actually following through with their goal. If you need help quitting this habit, visit one of the links below for tips and guides, as well as chatting with other people who have gone through exactly what you’re going through now.