Smoking is a huge problem in Louisiana and St. Charles Parish, having been identified as one of the Top 10 health threats facing men and women and also children who are exposed to second-hand smoke.
And make no mistake, has been known to cause cancer and heart disease and pulmonary disorders since the since is the No. 1 killer of men and women in Louisiana and the United States.
The illness is terrifying - and without treatment, can kill you in an instant, sometimes without any warning or previous symptoms.
In this report we’ll tell you how to stop smoking and recover your health. Depending on how long you’ve smoked, you may be able to recover completely.
For those who are dealing with permanent damage, such as isthe case with emphesema, stopping can help you recover some of your health, or at least feel better while you slow the progression of illnesses that you can’t reverse.
Paying attention to your health is more important than ever on the heels of the national United Health Foundation’s report naming Louisiana the “least healthy” state in the nation for 2006.
The picture painted by the respected research group isn’t pretty.
“Louisiana is 50th this year, a position it has held for 14 of the 15 editions of this report,” the foundation said in its grim analysis.
In our exclusive 10-part series, the Herald-Guide will take a closer look at the major health problems facing Louisiana and St. Charles Parish. As identifed by the state, the big issues are obesity, asthma, diabetes, mental health, premature death, smoking, children in poverty, the uninsured, flu and the heart disease we are addressing in this report. We will explore ways to preserve your health, and the health of your loved ones, through all available resources. Don’t miss a single installment - your health is important.