Stamp out tobacco use in 2009 |

Stamp out tobacco use in 2009

10 reasons to quit tobacco

1. Have a stronger immune system.

2. Breathe better and cough less

3. Have a better sense of taste and smell.

4. Have more energy.

5. Save money.

6. Eliminate exposure to harmful secondhand smoke.

7. Decrease the risk of heart disease.

8. Decrease the risk of strokes.

9. Decrease the risk of cancer.

10. Increase life span by five to 12 years.

- Source: Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

Read just about any list of most popular New Year’s resolutions, and you’ll find quitting smoking at or near the top. This isn’t lost on a local and state health organization.

On the edge of celebrating a new year, the State Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association recently released a list of its own – one targeted specifically at people trying to quit not just smoking, but all forms of tobacco use.

The groups’ “Top 10 Reasons to Quit Tobacco” includes having a stronger immune system, being able to breathe easier, having more energy and saving money – for instance, a Colorado smoker spends $1,800 a year on cigarettes.

It also includes perhaps the most important benefit of all to quitting – adding five to 12 years to a person’s life span.

“Thousands of tobacco users have designated quitting as their top resolution,” STEPP and the VNA reported in a news release. “However, many tobacco users do not plan or prepare for the quitting process and encounter unexpected obstacles, which lead to possible relapses.”

As an aid to those seeking to improve their health in 2009, the agencies offer the Colorado QuitLine, a toll-free counseling service for state residents.

“Those who use the QuitLine, along with a nicotine replacement therapy such as the patch, are nine times more likely to quit successfully than those who try to quit on their own,” according to the news release.

Tobacco users hoping to quit also can find resources and coaching through the VNA, said Elizabeth Morgan, VNA community health educator.