Celebrate Men’s Month by Quitting Tobacco Celebrate Men’s Month by Quitting Tobacco
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
– Celebrate Men’s Health this June
June 4, 2012
June marks the official start of summer—BBQs, warm weather, and vacations! But June also signals the start of Men’s Health Month1 2, an observance designed to increase awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
Men’s Health Month3 4 heightens the awareness of preventable health problems, like those caused by tobacco use.
Health Consequences of Tobacco Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Cigarette smoking accounts for approximately 443,000 deaths annually.1 Nearly one-third of all cancer deaths are directly linked to tobacco use.2 Smoking causes an estimated 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths in men.3 Smoking also causes cancers of the bladder, esophagus, kidney, larynx, mouth, throat, and stomach, and acute myeloid leukemia.4
Make a Plan to Quit this Month
Among current adult smokers in the United States, approximately 69 percent report wanting to quit completely.5 Take this opportunity during Men’s Health Month5 6 to make a plan to quit smoking or to encourage those you care about to quit. Quitting at any age and at any time is beneficial. But the sooner you quit the better for your health.
We understand that quitting tobacco is difficult. But with the many resources available, quitting is possible. Use any of the resources below to help you quit:
1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669) Instant Message with LiveHelp7 Smokefree.gov Step-by-Step Quit Guide8 You Can Quit Smoking9: CDC consumer guide.
Men’s Health Month11 12 is celebrated throughout the country with screenings, health fairs, and other health education and outreach activities. Find out if there is a Men’s Health Month event near you, or start one of your own at menshealthmonth.org13 14.