Take the first step in taking care of you. Challenge yourself to quit smoking for 24 hours, hopefully forever. Smokers can quit smoking. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are more former smokers than current smokers.
Tobacco smoke contains a deadly mix of chemicals; many of them can cause cancer and contribute to other serious health problems. No matter how old you are, or how long you have smoked, when you stop smoking, you significantly reduce your risk for the following serious health problems:
Lung cancer and other types of cancers, heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease, the risk of which can be reduced within 1 to 2 years of quitting.
Quitting smoking reduces the risk of respiratory problems like emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a leading cause of death in the United States. The risk of infertility and of delivering a low birth weight baby reduces when you stop smoking. Many lifestyle changes will improve and extend the quality of your life, but smoking is at the top of the list. Take the challenge and quit smoking today!
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As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination should continue throughout the flu season to protect as many people as possible against flu. The Maryland Department of Health reported 5,084 visits to Emergency Departments this week, January, 11, 2020 for influenza-like illness activity, and 37,503 visits this season. Everyone six months or older should get a flu shot. Protect yourself, get a flu shot today.