Quit Rekindling that Fire
You’ve been told that smoking is hard on your health, but do you know why? Kim Mould, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at MHP, wants you to save your lung, heart and every other organ’s health by knowing the facts and stamping out that cigarette once and for all!
Did you know that smoking affects nearly every part of your body, not just your heart and lungs like you would think? In fact, it can:
- Cause blood to thicken and raise blood pressure, making your heart work harder
- Increase your risk of stomach ulcers
- Weaken the muscle in your esophagus that keeps acid from coming up, causing acid reflux
- Reduce the oxygen that goes to your skin, causing grayness, dullness, cellulite and wrinkling
- Weaken bones
- Can cause a reduction in sperm count, damage sperm cells and even cause testicular cancer
- Reduce fertility in women
- Bad breath and stained teeth
- Increase your risk of stroke by at least 50%
Did you know all of those? Not only that, but your heart and lungs struggle to filter out the toxins, making them work harder and increase your risk for clots, heart attacks and stroke, something nobody wants right? And let’s not even start with the savings your wallet will thank you for!
Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, while more than 41,000 of these deaths come from exposure to secondhand smoke. Smoking causes about 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths and 90 percent of all deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Those numbers aren’t good; which is why the Great American Smokeout, which takes place every third Thursday of November, is a great time for people to try to collectively quit smoking. Plus, you couldn’t ask for a better support system than millions of other people quitting on the same day! Join us in the fight against smoking on November 16 and kick those butts for good.
For help quitting, try calling Iowa Quitline, a telephone service that offers free resources to help you quit smoking at 1-800-7848-669.
Published Nov 8, 2017
Kim Mould is the Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at Mahaska Health Partnership. She is a registered respiratory therapist and has extensive years of experience in patient care and management. In her spare time, Kim enjoys exercise, trying new restaurants and participating in a variety of sports.