Quit Smoking Central is an organization that supports individuals in their efforts to stop smoking. We understand how tough it is to quit… but we also know how important it is for the individual—and society generally—that smoking becomes a thing of the past. We also work to help prevent young people from starting to smoke.
Regardless of where you are in the world, we are here to support you while you, a friend, partner, or family member gives up smoking. How? Quit Smoking Central provides a range of helpful resources from general information to specific tips and advice.
Why smoking must be beaten
An increasing number of people have seen first hand the terrible effects of smoking. Whether it is premature aging of the skin, damage to teeth and gums, or really serious medical conditions affecting the lungs, cardio and cardio-vascular system, the throat and a number of other organs, smoking takes a terrible toll.
And it’s not just the smoker either. These days we’re all too familiar with the effects of second hand smoke on other adults and on infants and children whose lungs and other organs are vulnerable and still developing. Many smokers, though, are still in denial about how bad things can get for them and are at national and global levels.
Millions of people around the world have had experience with smoking related ill health, either their own or that of a loved one. Some of us have lost people who are important to us as a result of smoking. The need for information and support for those dealing with these issues and the desire to quit or help someone to quit lies at the heart of establishing Quit Smoking Central.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking causes disease in or harm to almost every organ in the human body. This, they say, is borne out by the fact that in 2015 “More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking” and that for every smoking related death 30 people are living with an illness such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In addition to these life threatening conditions, smoking also causes certain eye diseases, problems with the immune system, and is the cause of erectile dysfunction in some men.
CDC goes on to say that smoking is, globally, the leading cause of preventable deaths and that, “Worldwide, tobacco use causes nearly 6 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030”. Furthermore, “Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including nearly 42,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually or 1,300 deaths every day”.
If that isn’t shocking enough, smokers live on average 10 years less than non smokers and, at the current rate of smoking among U.S. youth, 5.6 million of those under 18 years of age are expected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness. Additional impetus is given to the fight against smoking by the fact that despite current efforts “more than 3,200 people younger than 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette” daily and that an estimated 2,100 youth and young adult become regular smokers.
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that 50% of smokers will die as a result of smoking. They claim that of the 6 million annual deaths 5 million are directly attributable to smoking and they estimate over 600 000 people are sick thanks to second-hand smoke. In 2004, 28% of the deaths due to second-hand smoke were children!
There is no such thing as a safe cigarette or safe levels of exposure to smoke because this smoke contains no fewer that 4000 chemicals. 250 of these are known to be harmful and 50 are carcinogenic or cancer-causing.
The huge cost in terms of human life and loss of health is of grave concern. This is compounded, however, by the financial aspects: an estimated $170 billion is spent annually on medical care for smokers. On top of this is the impact on national economies due to lost productivity when employees are too ill to work. The US economy, for example, is believed to lose in excess of $156 billion annually.
So what is Quit Smoking Central’s goal or mission?
The battle against smoking is not one we can afford to lose. At the most basic level our mission is to help people quit smoking through support and education. To this end, we act on the 2008 World Health Organization MPOWER that provides 6 measures. The ones that we contribute to are:
- Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies
- Protect people from tobacco use
- Offer help to quit tobacco use
- Warn about the dangers of tobacco.
We will inform you about the first and, by informing and advising, provide the second and third. The educational aspect of Quit Smoking Central will cover the fourth item.
Where to from here?
Quit Smoking Central will add its voice to those of existing, like-minded groups and form partnerships or links that will benefit all those involved. We will also constantly monitor developments regarding smoking and smoking cessation so that we can pass these details on to you.
Whether the information is about smoking related statistics, legislation and bans in different parts of the country and world, health issues that are linked to smoking, E-cigarettes and aids to stop smoking, or various other relevant issues we will post it here so you can access it easily and use it to make your life easier and smoke free!
Your role in Quit Smoking Central
In addition to being helped by Quit Smoking Central and what we provide, you are an important part of the battle against smoking. Whether you are a smoker, an ex smoker, or know someone with an important story to share, you can assist others in their fight to quit smoking by sharing your information and experiences with others.
If you found something that helped you break the habit… tell us about it! If you know of a support group or event that is related to smoking and quitting… let us know! An individual often struggles with beating smoking but if we stand together we can achieve so much and get ever closer to a cigarette free world.
Our invitation to you
Join our community and help us to help you and others to quit smoking. The Quit Smoking Central community provides a forum for your ideas, experiences, etc. as much as it does for ours and for the factual information we publish. This allows us to support you and our members to support each other. Together we can achieve so much more. The battle against smoking is not one we can afford to lose!