It’s not rocket science. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and affecting the health of smokers in general. Quitting smoking has immediate as well as long-term benefits for you and your loved ones.
Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Compared with nonsmokers, smoking is estimated to increase the risk of coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times, stroke by 2 to 4 times, men developing lung cancer by 23 times, women developing lung cancer by 13 times, and dying from chronic obstructive lung diseases (such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema) by 12 to 13 times.
But you can stop and the Lebanon VA Medical Center is here to help. If you have questions or interest in making a healthy living change, please see your primary care team here at the Lebanon VA Medical Center or one of our six conveniently located Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). You can also send them a secure message by visiting MyHealtheVet.