Help is Here to Quit Smoking this New Years

Dec. 18, 2006 – Palm Beach, Fla, December 18, 2006 – Each New Year millions of smokers commit to stop smoking. And the good news is that thousands of smokers do quit each day by using modern cessation methods. Most successful quitters have had many (on average, about 8) prior unsuccessful attempts to quit. And less than 1 in 10 smokers can quit without some help. Smoke Free Society offers a free download of its “Proven Stop Smoking Technique™” that helps smokers quit smoking in just 17 days without the use of any substance or drug. It is an effective self-help process that empowers smokers to correctly prepare and successfully quit. Smokers and loved ones of smokers are encouraged to visit its website to print a free copy of this effective and proven technique to quit smoking or help a loved one quit and stay quit.

“I got involved with Smoke Free Society because I have firsthand experience that I wanted to share with others,” says Christina O’Neill, editor of the Worcester Business Journal. “The onset of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) symptoms can manifest themselves years into smokers’ lives. Some people with COPD, once diagnosed, manage their illness well with drugs and therapy for years, but it can be as much work as a full-time job. They are forced to accept limitations on their mobility and must be meticulous about their medications. I watched my mother survive lung cancer, only to lose her life to COPD, after a decade of decreased quality of life.”

“This fact alone should further encourage smokers to quit smoking,” O’Neill says. “It should strengthen their resolve to endure the temporary discomfort of quitting in exchange for increasing their chances of living a long, healthy and wealthier life.”

Lung cancer and COPD, both smoking-related illnesses, cost many lives each year. While lung cancer, detected early, can be cured or put into remission, the same cannot be said of COPD. The illness is now the fourth leading cause of death and expected to become the third-leading cause of death by 2020, according to a June 2006 article in the respiratory magazine Chest. Patients with COPD have a condition that is not only incurable, it is not fully reversible. COPD cost the U.S. health care system $32 billion in 2002. Only smoking cessation and oxygen therapy have been shown to affect disease progression and length of survival.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports cigarette smoking in the United States causes serious illnesses in an estimated 8.6 million persons, and about 440,000 deaths annually. Smoking-related health care costs run $75.5 billion every year, and the price tag for lost productivity is an additional $92 billion a year, for a total of more than $167 billion.

Smokers who quit not only save their health, they also save money both short-term and long-term. The cost of a pack-a-day habit in many states is approaching $30 per week, or over $1,500 a year for just the cigarettes alone. Then, there are health insurance surcharges for smokers, extra dental costs, costs for cleaning smoke stains and odors from rooms, drapery and clothing. A recent Duck University study puts the true cost at $40 a pack for a lifetime smoker.

This New Years help yourself and loved ones quit smoking for good by downloading the free “Proven Stop Smoking Technique™” available at www.SmokeFreeSociety.org or by using its other effective, self-help, quit-smoking plans, services, information and free, easy-to-send eCards for all occasions. Smoke Free Society (SFSC) is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping smokers quit and educating kids not to start smoking or use tobacco.

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