May 31, 2019

Don’t let tobacco take your breath away

Hooked on tobacco? Make today, World “No Tobacco” Day, the perfect time to kick butts—cigarette butts, that is. This year’s theme is “tobacco and lung health." According to the World Health Organization, tobacco smoking is the top cause for lung cancer, responsible for over two thirds of lung cancer deaths globally. Second-hand smoke exposure also increases risk of lung cancer.

When you stop smoking, you can   reduce your risk of lung cancer. After 10 years of not smoking, your risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker.

If you’re ready to quit smoking or other tobacco use, Medicare can help. Medicare Part B covers up to 8 face-to-face counseling sessions in a 12-month period when you get them from a qualified doctor or other qualified health care provider. You pay nothing for these sessions if your doctor or other health care provider accepts assignment.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and the National Cancer Institute to learn more about how you can quit smoking. You can also watch our video to learn more about how Medicare can help you kick the smoking habit.