This podcast is based on the September, 2011 CDC Vital Signs report. Fewer Americans are smoking cigarettes, and daily smokers are smoking less; however, even occasional smoking causes harm. The best option for any smoker is to quit completely. Quitting at any age has benefits, and the sooner you quit, the sooner your body can begin to heal. Created: 9/6/2011 by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Date Released: 9/6/2011. Series Name: CDC Vital Minute.
This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fewer Americans are smoking cigarettes, and daily smokers are smoking less. Although U.S. smoking rates have dropped in the last 30 years, the decline in adult smoking has not been consistent from year-to-year. The key to accelerating the decline is ongoing, adequately funded, comprehensive tobacco control programs that include 100 percent smoke-free policies, higher tobacco prices, hard-hitting media campaigns, and access to cessation services and treatments.
The more years you smoke, the more you damage your body. Even occasional smoking is harmful; the best option for any smoker is to quit completely. Quitting at any age has benefits. The sooner you quit, the sooner your body can begin to heal.
Smokers can get free resources and help quitting by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visiting the website smokefree.gov. You can learn more at www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns.
For the most accurate health information, visit www.cdc.gov or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.