The money you spend. The way it makes you smell. Disliking your own habit. The way it makes your car smell. The way it makes your house smell. All of these have one thing in common: they are all reasons why you should quit smoking today.

Yes, quitting smoking can be one of the toughest things to do. Quitting smoking is not easy. It takes dedication, patience, a legitimate desire to quit, and sometimes, the assistance of a knowledgeaJesup doctorble physician to help put you in the right direction. Here at Headley Family Medicine, your local Jesup doctor, we want to be in your corner when you decide to smoke your last cigarette.

Here are some quick facts about smoking cigarettes:

· Cigarette smoke contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. Smoking is directly responsible for approximately 90 percent of lung cancer deaths and approximately 80-90 percent of COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis) deaths.

· About 8.6 million people in the U.S. have at least one serious illness caused by smoking. That means that for every person who dies of a smoking-related disease, there are 20 more people who suffer from at least one serious illness associated with smoking.

· Among current smokers, chronic lung disease accounts for 73 percent of smoking-related conditions. Even among smokers who have quit chronic lung disease accounts for 50 percent of smoking-related conditions.

· The list of diseases caused by smoking includes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema), coronary heart disease, stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm, acute myeloid leukemia, cataract, pneumonia, periodontitis, and bladder, esophageal, laryngeal, lung, oral, throat, cervical, kidney, stomach, and pancreatic cancers. Smoking is also a major factor in a variety of other conditions and disorders, including slowed healing of wounds, infertility, and peptic ulcer disease.

· Smokers die significantly earlier than nonsmokers: 13.2 years for men and 14.5 years for women.

All of these are great reasons why you should quit smoking today. Don’t go it alone – we want to help you in your time of need. Your Jesup family doctor can help quitting smoking by providing you with many resources, medical and otherwise, that can help you on your path to smoking your last cigarette.

Start saving your health, your money, and the way you smell TODAY. Contact Headley Family Medicine, your Jesup family practice, for more information on how we can help YOU stop smoking today.

(From lung.org, 27 April 2012 — http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/about-smoking/facts-figures/general-smoking-facts.html)