More than 77 percent of Alabamians do not to smoke.
Tobacco specialists say their hoping their proactive stance on prevention will help this number grow higher.
Smoking one pack of cigarettes can do damage to your body, a fact that Alabama residents are picking up on.
“I think the best way to prevent is to educate. The more we can educate the public of the dangers of tobacco the more they are going to see what really does happen.” Substance abuse specialist Judy Guiler said.
With the help of TV ads and prevention workshops in the community, more people are learning they can get help and stop smoking sooner rather than later.
“The CDC has released their new commercials, I’m sure everyone has seen one of them. They are a little more in depth than the first series, but it’s amazing how when those commercials come out, our 1800 hotline in Montgomery, the numbers soar.” Guiler said.
“It’s absolutely wonderful, the 1800 quit now number or quitnowalabama.com, people can go there and receive master’s level counseling, receive a personal quit plan.” Prevention specialist Candy Gaff said.
“If you qualify they send you two weeks of patches.” Guiler said.
Although it may take a couple of tries before you officially quit, once you do, you will almost instantly see your health improve.
“When people start quitting, they are immediately your body tried to heal itself.” Guiler said.
“Just twenty minutes after someone has taken the last puff of a cigarette their blood pressure drops back to a normal level it was when they first pickup the cigarette.“ Gaff said.
“Our circulation starts to get better of course your respiratory increases too.” Guiler said.
And becoming a non smoker saves the state, and your business money in healthcare costs.
A reason why many business are going smoke free
“I think a lot of companies are realizing they are spending more money on health care for people who smoke and dip.” Guiler said.
Prevention specialist say they are now focusing on educating the younger generation on the dangers of smoking, so they won’t become a statistic when they get older.