Join the Great American Smoke Out on Thursday, November 15, 2012

Across the world tobacco use continues to cause preventable deaths.  Globally, it is attributable to more than 5 million deaths per year.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 443,000 deaths annually, or about 1,200 per day, are due to smoking related diseases nationwide. 

Tobacco smoke is made up of over 7000 chemicals, many of which are poisonous.  The 2010 Surgeon General’s report shows that the tobacco smoke inhaled reaches every organ in the body.  The smoke damages the cells in the body which can lead to cancer.  Lung Cancer is the top cause of cancer death for both men and women on Guam.  At least 1 person dies every day due to tobacco related disease, on island.

In partnership with the Guam American Cancer Society, the Department of Public Health and Social Services appeals to all government of Guam agency employees to take control on Thursday, November 15th and quit tobacco use for at least one day.

Department of Public Health and Social Services offers counseling and free nicotine replacement medication for residents who call the 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) quitline or signs up at the quit website (www.quitnow.net/guam). The Quitline is a free and confidential service that offers education, counseling, and support for people looking to quit smoking. The Quitline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information please contact Mr. Christopher Surla, Health Educator with the Department of Public Health and Social Services, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program at 735-7334 or via email at christopher.surla@dphss.guamdev.com.

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