February 14 is just around the corner. This is the time where we celebrate the love of family and friends, something that we wish could go on forever. For some, this time may be cut short. Cigarette smoking increases the chance of heart attack and stroke. Smokers are more than twice as likely to have a heart attack than non-smokers. Smoking reduces the oxygen levels in your blood, increases blood pressure and thickens blood which increases the likelihood of a blood vessel to burst or become clogged.
The good news is that help is available. One of the many services offered by the New York State Smokers’ Quitline is that of trained specialists being available to work with and guide you through a quit attempt. They have motivational tips available to help you through a craving, as well as numerous informational documents that can be easily downloaded for your personnel use. Services are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. You can call the NYS Smokers’ Quitline by dialing 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) or by visiting them on the web at www.nysmokefree.com.
Don’t become another victim of tobacco industry tactics. Take the steps today to live longer and enjoy a healthier smoke free life. Call the New York State Smokers’ Quitline today!
Theresa Miller, Director
Tri-County Cessation Center
741 Grant Avenue