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Adventist Health Offers Online Resources to Help People Quit Smoking

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CENTRAL VALLEY – Every year, on the third Thursday of November, The Great American Smokeout helps smokers make a commitment to kick the habit. The decision to quit smoking can be a difficult one, which is why Adventist Health / Central Valley Network has online smoking cessation resources that can help.

At www.TobaccoFreeCV.com, Adventist Health has listed resources to support tobacco cessation. The network also will cover the membership fee of area residents who would like to enroll in the American Lung Association’s online Freedom from Smoking course. Community members may apply for the assistance atwww.BreatheEasyCV.com.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year, which is the equivalent of about one in five deaths.

Inhaling tobacco smoke causes damage to many of the body’s organs and systems, including the respiratory system, circulatory system, immune system and musculoskeletal system. Some of the diseases caused by long-term smoking include:

· Cancer of the lung, mouth, nose, larynx, tongue, nasal sinus, throat, bone marrow, ovary, liver, bladder, bowel and stomach

· Lung diseases

· Coronary artery disease, heart disease, heart attack and stroke

· Ulcers of the digestive system

· Osteoporosis and hip fracture

· Poor blood circulation in feet and hands, which in severe cases can lead to gangrene and amputation

For more information, visit the following Adventist Health / Central Valley Network online smoking cessation resources: www.TobaccoFreeCV.com or www.BreatheEasyCV.com.