Though UF is a non-smoking campus, that doesn’t mean everyone who’s ever used tobacco has been able to successfully quit. Tobacco-Free Florida Week, March 26 through April 1 this year, was designed to highlight the dangers of tobacco use — in all its forms — and to help people kick the habit for good.
Did you know that 5 out of 6 Floridians are non-smokers?
In addition to being an expensive habit, tobacco use does immediate and long-term damage to your body. While you’ve most likely heard it all before, following are some facts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Smoking causes death. The adverse health effects from cigarette smoking account for an estimated 443,000 deaths, or nearly one of every five deaths, each year in the United States.
- Smoking causes cancer. A short list of these cancers includes: bladder cancer, cervical cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer and stomach cancer.
- Smoking has many adverse reproductive effects, including infertility.
Smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative, either. Smokeless tobacco use can cause cancer, oral health problems and nicotine addiction. Additionally, smokeless tobacco is associated with recession of the gums, gum disease and tooth decay, and smokeless tobacco use by men causes reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm cells.
If you or someone you know is struggling to quit, free campus services such as GatorWell’s Quit Program for UF students or UF Employee Health Services’ Smoking Cessation Program can help. Say goodbye to bad breath, poor health and an empty wallet today!