Tobacco and Mental Health Awareness
May 26, 2015
May is Mental Health Month. Most are aware of the prevalence of smoking, however, fewer might know about the prevalence of smoking among those suffering from mental illness. Statistics have shown that people with mental illness die 25 years earlier than others and that smoking is a major factor in...
Tobacco Cessation: Smoking and Colon Cancer
Mar 25, 2015
By Lisyuri Gallardo, Tobacco NavigatorMarch is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  The general public is usually aware of the link between lung cancer and smoking; however, colorectal cancer more often than not goes unheard of when the topic at hand is smoking and the effects that it can have...
Trying to Quit? We Can Help.
Feb 24, 2015
Written by Lisyuri GallardoMany people believe they can quit tobacco use on their own.  However, on average only  4-7 % of tobacco users are able to quit tobacco without assistance (medications, patches/gum, counseling/coaching, etc.). San Luis Valley Health’s Tobacco Cessation...
How Much are You Smoking?
Jan 30, 2015
By Lisyuri GallardoIt is important for you to realize how much money you spend on tobacco maybe once you think about all the things you can do with the money you’ll save, you may find the extra incentive you need to give up smoking for good.The cost for a pack of cigarettes averages from $4...
What's with E-Cigarettes?
Dec 31, 2014
“Are e-cigarettes safe?  Don’t you just inhale pure water vapor?  Can it really help you quit smoking?”  These are all popular questions we hear at the clinic.  Whether you’re looking to quit regular smoking tobacco or just curious about vaping, it’...
Great American Smokeout Day Reaches Over 100 People
Nov 26, 2014
The Great American Smokeout event held in Monte Vista, La jara and Alamosa gave staff and the community members the opportunity to learn more about our smoking cessation program from our Tobacco Navigator, Lisyuri Gallardo. Employees were invited to wear hats and jeans to work that day to signify...
Great American Smokeout Day Coming to SLV Health
Oct 24, 2014
Smoking when Pregnant Harms Your Baby
Sep 24, 2014
By Lisyuri GallardoWomen have babies every day and want to do anything they can to care for them. But if these new mothers smoked through their pregnancy they may already not be doing everything they can to care for their new “bundle of joy.” Here are some things to think about if you...
Youth and Tobacco: Keeping You Safe as You Head Back to School
Aug 19, 2014
Every day, 3,200 people under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette. As if it isn’t obvious, tobacco is very addictive.This comes from the addictive ingredient in tobacco called nicotine. This means that if the rate of underage smoking continues 5.6 million of people smoking under the age...
The Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco
Jul 2, 2014
Written by Lisyuri GallardoRecently, San Diego Padres baseball player Tony Gwynn died of mouth cancer that was caused by his habit of using a form of smokeless tobacco called dipping tobacco. Gwynn had been in contact with dipping tobacco during his entire 20-year major league baseball career.As...

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