Time to quit smoking?

Glencoe Regional Health Services, Hutchinson Area Health Care and Hutchinson Medical Center have recently gone to totally tobacco-free campuses. Ridgewater College in Hutchinson will have a tobacco-free campus beginning in August, 2008.

According to the National Cancer Institute, tobacco use is the most common preventable cause of death. About half of the people who don’t quit smoking will die of smoking-related problems.

There’s no way around it. Smoking is bad for your health. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Cigarette smoking causes 87 percent of lung cancer deaths. It is also responsible for many other cancers and health problems. These include lung disease, heart and blood vessel disease, stroke and cataracts. Women who smoke have a greater chance of certain pregnancy problems or having a baby die from sudden infant death syndrome.