Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate and honor moms for all they do in their many roles, especially raising children. Sometimes moms are so busy taking care of everyone else, their own health and well-being can take a backseat. This Mother's Day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages you to congratulate and give the gift of thanks to those mothers who have quit smoking and to offer support to those who are trying to quit.

Despite the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other illnesses, 18% of women in the United States still smoke cigarettes. However, surveys indicate that at least three out of four of them want to quit. This May, let moms know how important they are to you and how you want them to do something important for themselves and their families: quit smoking. Let them know you are supportive. Social support from family and friends helps people quit and stay quit.

For free quit support, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669; TTY 1-800-332-8615). This service provides free support and advice from experienced counselors, a personalized quit plan, self-help materials, the latest information about cessation medications, and more.

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