7 October 2011

Prevention Smoking Habit

Posted by Jody under: Shopping .

Most Americans have become increasingly aware of the monumental changes in health care that have begun in this country. One of these sweeping changes is the increased focus on the cost-effectiveness, and simple practicality, of prevention. The simple reasoning behind this being that it is far easier and less costly to prevent disease, illness, or injury than to treat them.

Today, this country is spending millions of dollars on treatment for health problems that result, at least in part, from poor lifestyle behaviors–of which cigarette smoking is the most costly and deadly. Smoking is the single most preventable cause of disease and death in the U. S. In recent years, our government, our health care providers, and our communities have all become more committed to fighting this most prolific disabler and killer. The fight against smoking is not new. Beginning over twenty years ago when smoking was first recognized as a true health hazard, the advertisement of cigarettes on television and radio was eliminated.

More recently, minors have been prohibited from buying cheap cigarettes in nearly every state, and the once commonly seen cigarette machine is now usually found only in bars. Total or partial smoking bans have been adopted by almost every state; this means that smoking is not just prohibited in elevators or buses, but in public buildings, restaurants, private businesses and health care facilities in most states.

Looking to the future, one of The Healthy People 2000 public health objectives is to establish a comprehensive clean indoor air law nationwide. Our national and local governments are doing more than ever to help prevent and discourage the use of tobacco, particularly in our nation’s youth. According to the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, decreases in the number of smokers can be attributed to several factors. First, through the efforts of many government programs and local health care facilities, our communities are receiving more and more information on the severe health risks caused by smoking.

Also, government involvement, on all levels, in intervention and prevention has increased dramatically. Finally, the formation of grass-roots efforts and community groups committed to the prevention of tobacco use has spread across the country.

As an individual, you can do many things to prevent the harmful effects of smoking from affecting you or your family. Most obviously, stay away from smoky areas, especially anywhere indoors. Vote for even higher tobacco taxes and tougher legislation against public smoking, and vote for politicians who actively support these and other strict measures. As anti-smoking education is not yet widely taught in our schools, teach your children the health risks of smoking in the home. Attend and support any community functions or committees which will help educate people on the dangers of smoking. The combined efforts to prevent and combat tobacco use in this country have made significant changes in how we as a society perceive and tolerate smoking. It appears evident, however, that even more work will need to be done to keep those most vulnerable–our children– smoke-free for life.

Some of the information from this article was provided by publications from the following organizations: The National Cancer Institute; The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention; The Institute for Health Policy, Brandeis University.

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