Health Promotion : Tobacco Use

1698 WordsApr 3, 20177 Pages
Health Promotion: Tobacco Use Smoking tobacco and tobacco related illnesses has become the leading cause of preventable illness and premature death in the United States and around the world (Goldenberg, Danovitch, & IsHak, 2014). This directed my decision on choosing tobacco use as a topic from the Healthy People 2020 list for this promoting health assignment. In order to support my promotion and inform the reader on this subject matter I have selected an article to analyze: “Quality of Life and Smoking”. This research article is appropriate to the course objective and incorporates evidence based research, nursing informatics, and critical thinking. It also employs assessment techniques for community health needs and develops nursing…show more content…
It is horrendous to think that these specific statistics are generated by individuals’ choice. These measures are modifiable and avoidable. In the year of 2000, combined deaths related to HIV, illicit alcohol and drugs, suicide, murder, and car accidents were less than the mortality linked to smoking (Goldenberg et al., 2014). This goes to show the momentous problem that has been liked to tobacco use. Despite these risks, individuals continue to smoke. Therefore it is an essential to educate on QoL and intervene quitting methods, individualized treatment plans, and improve smoking cessation outcomes (Goldenberg et al., 2014). Tobacco contains several properties that are hazardous to the human body. Individuals associated with tobacco use are exposed to 172 toxic substances, 47 chemicals restricted as hazardous waste, and 67 known human or animal carcinogens (Goldenberg et al., 2014). All of which hold large effects on the user. Chronic diseases are associated with exposure to these chemicals. Smokers are at risk for developing atherosclerosis, various cancer types, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (Goldenberg et al., 2014). Users may not agree or actualize the effects that tobacco use has on the body because the effects have not presented themselves yet. With the efforts in educating on smoking and QoL negative outcomes the development of patient centered interventions can potentially arise. Such as understanding the connection between QoL and
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