For many kids, Mother’s Day means taking mom out to breakfast, giving her a gift or just saying thanks. On this special day for moms, we should also remember that a terrific way to celebrate Mother’s Day could be to pledge to give moms who currently smoke the kind of loving support, encouragement and information that could help them make this the year they become tobacco-free.
In the United States, nearly 17.3 million adult women currently smoke, putting them at risk for heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer, emphysema and other life-threatening illnesses. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer among women, and smoking is attributable for 80 percent of these deaths. Smoking also accounts for one of every three deaths from heart disease, the overall leading cause of death among women.
When women quit smoking, they improve their own health as well as the health of the people around them. Mothers who give up smoking improve the likelihood that their children will grow-up to be tobacco-free and live longer, healthier lives.