Tips for Smokers
If you smoke, you can prevent cigarette litter by:
- Always making sure your butts are placed in a receptacle, and never thrown on the ground, out a car window, or into the water
- Having a pocket ashtray for when you’re out and about
- Preventing cigarette litter all together by quitting smoking
Stop smoking classes in Long Beach are offered through Nicotine Anonymous and several local hospitals. View a brochure of resources available in Long Beach. Call 1-800-NO-BUTTS for more information, or visit www.nobutts.org.
Did you know that as you snuff out that last cigarette:
- Within 20 minutes: Blood pressure, body temperature and pulse rate drop to normal
- Within 8 hours: Smokers-Breath disappears
- Within 24 hours: Risk of heart attack decreases
- Within 2-3 months: Lung capacity increases, circulation improves, and walking becomes easierzrw
- Within 1 year: Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a person who smokes
- Within 2 years: Heart attack risk drops back to normal
For more information call the Long Beach Department of Public Health’s Tobacco Education Program at (562) 570-7950, or visit their website.