Why Quit Smoking?
Smoking causes serious health problems. It can lead to illnesses like cancer, heart disease, stroke and lung disease. More than 480,000* people in the U.S. die each year because of smoking. Smoking costs $193 billion each year in health care costs and lost productivity.
Quitting smoking is hard. People often try to quit several times before they quit for good. But quitting will lead to better health for you and those around you.
One of the best things you can do for your health is to quit smoking and stop using tobacco. Although it isn’t easy, it can be done. People who quit smoking before the age of 50 cut their risk of dying in the next 15 years in half compared with those who continue smoking.* With this in mind, the American Cancer Society is hosting the 2016 Great American Smokeout on November 17th by encouraging smokers to take action and make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
Besides the benefits to you, your family and friends will be healthier if you quit smoking. Second-hand smoke can cause asthma and other health problems in people around you, especially children. If you're pregnant, your baby will get more oxygen and you're less likely to have problems with your pregnancy if you quit.
Want Help Quitting?Quitting smoking is a tough goal to reach on your own, but Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) can help with its tobacco cessation program*. This program includes resources to help you become tobacco and nicotine free-- at no additional charge.
*The tobacco cessation program is available to members who have coverage through their employers and access to Blue Care Connection. For more complete details, including benefits, limitations and exclusions, please refer to your certificate of coverage. You may also talk to your HR department or call the customer service number on the back of your member ID card.
*Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012
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