Smoking and Carbon Monoxide

CO2 monitor Carbon monoxide (CO) breath testing is available at Ste. Genevieve County Health Department to determine how much smoke you are inhaling from cigarettes. The CO test is an indicator of your dependence or addiction to nicotine. It shows the amount of carbon monoxide in your lungs and blood.

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Second Hand Smoke

Effects-of-Passive-Smoking-on-ChildrenSecond hand smoke (SHS) is extremely dangerous to health. Secondhand smoke is the smoke that comes from the burning end of cigarette, pipe or cigar. It can also be the smoke that a smoker breaths out. Second hand smoke may also be referred to as environmental smoke which contains thousands of toxic chemicals that can cause cancer.

Since 1964, 30 separate US Surgeon General's reports have been written to make the public aware of the health issues linked to tobacco and second hand smoke. The ongoing research used in these reports continues to support the fact that tobacco and second hand smoke are linked to serious health problems that could be prevented. The reports have many important finding on second hand smoke such as:

·        SHS kills children and adults who don't smoke

·        SHS causes disease in children and in adults who don't smoke

·        Exposure to SHS while pregnant increased the chance that a woman will have a spontaneous abortion, still-born birth, low birth-weight baby, and other pregnancy and delivery problems

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Reversal of Negative Effects to the Body after Smoking Cessation

 Fresh AirIt is possible to reverse the effects of smoking and to improve health. Once a person begins smoking they do damage to their body and others breathing in the smoke. The negative effects of smoking can be reversed or reduced after tobacco use has stopped. The longer a person smokes the more damage they do and the more difficult it is to reverse. Quitting smoking can make a great difference:

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You Can Quit Smoking

 Uncle Sam-I Want You to Quit SmokingYou can be a quitter if you use tobacco. If you are one of the more than seventy percent of smokers who want to quit, there are helpful tips to remember.

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