Dear Editor,

May is a time to celebrate women. With both Mother’s Day and National Women’s Health Week, it is a great time for women to focus on their health and well-being.

One of the greatest steps a woman can take to improve her health and well-being is to stop smoking. Smoking is very harmful to the heart. Research has shown that smoking can increase a woman’s risk for heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States.

Of course heart disease is only one of the diseases that can be caused by smoking. Smoking can also cause several forms of cancer, lung disease such as COPD, and problems with teeth and gums.

As we celebrate women in May with Mother’s Day and National Women’s Health Week, it is a great time to encourage the women in your life who smoke to stop. Women often find themselves taking care of everyone around them, but not remembering to take care of themselves. May is the perfect time for women to take time to take care of their own health and well-being.

For those who are ready to quit tobacco, there is free help available. The Indiana Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) is available 7 days per week and offers free coaching to help with your tobacco free journey.

Another helpful resource is Smokefree.gov. This website offers a variety of information that can help you on your journey to become tobacco free.

Speak with your healthcare provider about quitting tobacco. Many healthcare providers may be able to offer additional resources, ideas, and advice to help you quit.

It’s important that women take time to take care of their health and well-being.

During the month of May, take time to think about your health and well-being and take steps to improve your health!

Sincerely,

Krystle Russell, Knox County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition

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