(Milwaukee, WI) – Monday, June 9th kicks off National Men’s Health Week. To mark the occasion, local health advocates from the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Poverty Network (WTPPN) are encouraging men who smoke to quit and reminding them that free help is available.
According to the 2012 Wisconsin Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS), slightly more than a fifth of men in Wisconsin currently smoke. According to the latest Surgeon General’s report, the risk of lung cancer for male smokers has doubled over the last fifty years.
In addition to the well-known health effects of tobacco use, such ascancer, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, the new report also finds that smoking is a cause of erectile dysfunction. This occurs due to the altered blood flow necessary for an erection. The effects that smoking can have on the male reproductive systems should be reason enough for someone give up this unhealthy habit and seek help for this addiction.
”The benefits of quitting are immediate and lasting,” says Darryl Davidson, Men’s Health Manager, City of Milwaukee Health Department, and WTPPN member. “These benefits include decreased chance of heart attack, a drop in blood pressure and a drop in carbon monoxide levels all within 24 hours of quitting smoking.”
“The benefits of quitting smoking extend much further than a person’s health,” said Davidson. “For example, better smelling clothing and hair. Smoking can cause people’s hair and clothes to smell. Upon quitting, clothes and hair will no longer smell of smoke. People have also felt more in charge of their lives after they stop smoking cigarettes because they don’t have to plan their lives around buying cigarettes or taking smoke breaks.”
Officials from WTPPN encourage men who smoke to talk to their doctor or take advantage of free assistance provided in Wisconsin. It is important for men to take control of their lives and seek the help they need with quitting smoking. Call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line for free assistance at 1-800-QUIT NOW.
“Quitting smoking can be difficult, but calling the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line is the first step in the right direction,” said Davidson.