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This is a good month for men to quit smoking

June is National Men’s Health Month, and after celebrating Father’s Day, this is the perfect opportunity for dads across Western New York to make some positive changes to improve their health.

Tobacco is the leading cause of disease and premature death in the United States, killing over 25,000 people every year in New York alone.

In men, smoking causes an estimated 90 percent of lung cancer deaths and triples a middle-aged man’s risk of dying from heart disease. Given that heart disease and cancer account for nearly 50 percent of all male deaths in the United States, quitting is the best thing your dad can do for his health.

Quitting is tough, but using the right resources can help people join the 1.3 million smokers who will quit this year. Talk to your doctor about the prescription nicotine replacement therapies and medications available, call the NY Smokers’ Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS, or visit nysmokefree.com to develop a personalized quit plan.

Mattie Dibbell

WNY Tobacco Cessation Center

Roswell Park Cancer Institute