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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tobacco Products

National Women’s Health Week: It’s Your Time!

Women doing yoga


May 15, 2012


Celebrate National Women’s Health Week with us! Sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, the theme for this year is “It’s Your Time.” It’s your time to make your personal health a top priority. Take steps now to improve your physical and mental health and you will lower your risk of certain diseases.

Along with eating right, exercising, and getting regular check-ups, you should pay particular attention to avoiding unhealthy behaviors such as using tobacco. If someone you know smokes, you should also be aware of the health risks associated with inhaling secondhand smoke and do what you can to protect yourself.


Did You Know?
  • Cigarette smoking accounts for more than 443,000 deaths annually.
  • The health consequences of tobacco use include heart disease, multiple types of cancer, lung disease, adverse reproductive effects, and the exacerbation of chronic health conditions.
  • Smoking during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage, stillborn or premature infants, infants with low birth weight, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Secondhand smoke can lead to health problems such as lung cancer, heart disease, and adverse reproductive effects in women.


You Can Quit

Choose this week—Women’s Health Week—to make a plan to quit smoking or to encourage another woman in your life to quit. Remember – it is never too late to quit. Quitting at any age and at any time is beneficial. To help you and your family lead healthier and happier lives, we want to ensure you have the support and resources you need to quit smoking.

We know quitting tobacco isn’t easy. But with the many resources available, quitting is possible. Find out more at:


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