Take control of your heart during Heart Disease Awareness Month

February is Heart Disease Awareness Month, and among the many things you can do to prevent heart disease, quitting smoking is ranked at the top of the list.

Every year in Mississippi, smoking accounts for an estimated 4,700 premature deaths. Smoking can lead to sudden heart attacks or strokes and actually causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“There is plenty of help available for Mississippians who want to quit

smoking,” said Keetha Mosley, Project Director of the Mississippi

Tobacco-Free Coalition of Choctaw, Montgomery, & Webster Counties. “Contact the Mississippi State Department of Health’s (MSDH) Tobacco Quitline at

1-800-QUIT-NOW. When you get help, you’re twice as likely to quit smoking for good.”

Fifty years after the release of the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health, remarkable progress has been made throughout the United

States, including Mississippi. Yet even with years of progress, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the U.S.

For more information on quiting smoking, contact the Tobacco-Free Coalition of Choctaw, Montgomery, & Webster Counties County at 662-283-9838. You may also contact the MSDH Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-784-8669 or visit www.quitlinems.com.