American Lung Association Encourages Dads to Quit Smoking

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BRIDGEVILLE –There are more than 25.6 million adult male smokers in the United States. Over 17 percent of adult males in New Jersey are smokers. This Father’s Day, the American Lung Association in New Jersey encourages fathers to quit smoking and urges their families to support them as they attempt to quit for good.

“The benefits of quitting smoking are innumerable,” says Deb Brown, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. “Fathers who choose to take this critically important step will not only improve their own health and well being, but also that of their family.”

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The health of family members is often directly impacted by a father’s smoking habit. According to the National Cancer Institute, secondhand smoke contains at least 69 substances known to cause cancer. Exposure is dangerous and can prolong and worsen numerous medical conditions including bronchitis, asthma and sinus infections.

Helping Americans quit smoking remains a public health priority for the American Lung Association. Its Freedom From Smoking® group clinic program—which began in 1981 and includes a comprehensive variety of evidence-based cessation techniques—has helped hundreds of thousands of smokers quit. The American Lung Association more recently introduced Freedom From Smoking® Online, a highly successful, self-paced online adaptation of the group clinic that is available 24 hours a day.

Research shows that people who use programs like Freedom From Smoking® Online have greater success in quitting for good, compared to those who try to quit “cold turkey.”

To learn more about Freedom From Smoking® Online, visit www.ffsonline.org.


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