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Health Minute: World No Tobacco Day

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WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing.

May 31st is World No Tobacco Day.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and causes diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Nicotine addiction makes it hard to quit. But once you do, your risk for smoking-related diseases goes down and you can add years to your life.

Starting today, set a date to quit. Investigate medications like a patch, gum or inhaler that can help with withdrawal symptoms. The best chance of quitting for good is using counseling and medication together.

For help, call the PA Free Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Cheraine Stanford is the Content Strategy Director at WPSU, responsible for developing the station's original productions across digital, radio and television.
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