Celebrate a Smoke-free Father's Day

June 2, 2014

As Father’s Day approaches, dads everywhere should be making the decision to quit smoking, because it not only negatively impacts their health, but their families’ livelihood. The thought of anyone getting cancer is sad, but a father leaving behind his children and family due to tobacco addiction is devastating.

Most people know that smoking has been linked to lung cancer, but it has also been attributed to other types of cancer such as bladder, pancreas, colon, liver, kidney and stomach. Prostate cancer is also on the rise.

According to Cancer.org, tobacco use accounts for 30% of all cancer deaths and 87% of those deaths are men. It is an unfortunate truth that some of these men were fathers.

In the year 2014, there have already been 86,930 men who have died of cancer. This number is high and scary to think about, but the good thing is, this number can also be lowered if people take control.

As a member of the Wisconsin African American Tobacco Prevention Network (WAATPN), I want to ask dads to use this celebration of Father’s as an opportunity to quit smoking and decrease their risk of getting cancer. With most cancers being preventable, we should be smart and quit smoking before it is too late and our children are left without a father.

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