June 17 marks Father’s Day, a time to celebrate and express appreciation for dads everywhere. As role models for their families and communities, let’s support dads who have quit smoking and encourage others to take the step to be smoke-free.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one in four men in the United States smoke cigarettes. While many struggle with the addictive properties of nicotine, surveys indicate that more than 70% of smokers want to quit. Social support from family and friends helps smokers quit, so take some time today to support dads in your community who are smoke-free or working to be smoke-free.
As a community on Father’s Day, we thank dads who protect their children from secondhand smoke. While most people are aware smoking cessation benefits their own health, it also benefits the health of their family and the community. Secondhand smoke causes sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections, and triggers more frequent and severe asthma attacks in children.
Dads can take the following steps to protect their family and community:
Want to know more?
Smoke-Free Father’s Day: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Smoke-FreeFathersDay/
Quit Smoking Resources: http://www.smokefree.gov/
Father’s Day ecard: http://www2c.cdc.gov/ecards/message/message.asp?cardid=560&cate...