Tobacco use is the most preventable source for disease or illness and premature death worldwide. Tobacco use shortens one’s life expectancy compared to a nonsmoker; men lose 13.2 years and women lose 14.5 years. For every person who dies from a smoking-related disease, about 30 more people suffer with at least one serious illness from smoking. Worldwide tobacco use is responsible for more than 5 million deaths.
Most tobacco users begin the habit in their early adult years. About 70 percent of smokers started smoking at age 18 or younger, and 86 percent started at 21 or younger.
The easiest way to prevent tobacco-related illness or death is to never begin using cigarettes or other tobacco products. For those who already smoke, vape or chew tobacco, it is not too late to quit and improve health. The resources below can help with the transition to a tobacco-free lifestyle.
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The Great American Smoke Out - Tips for quitting tobacco and benefits of quitting
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Smoking and Tobacco Quit Smoking
Pennsylvania Department of Health - Free On-Line Quitting tool
Local Tobacco Cessation Resources
PA Quit Line 1- 877-PA HEALTH
Memorial Hospital 717-849-5463
WellSpan Health 717-851-5857
Hanover Hospital 717-633-8836
The Family Practice & Counseling Network 717-801-0971 Freedom From Smoking Program