Tobacco-related diseases are the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Smoking increases the risk of lung and other types of cancer, coronary heart disease and stroke. It also leads to respiratory problems, such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
Following these steps can help you kick the habit for good:Know why you want to quit
Choose your personal motivation for quitting. Is it to better your health? To protect your family and friends from secondhand smoke? Know exactly why you want to quit and remember your goals when you get a craving.
Set a date
Once you’ve decided you want to quit, set a date for the beginning of the process. Tell your friends and family your plan so they can support you and hold you accountable.
People who get support while they’re quitting are more likely to be successful. See below for resources available to you!
You may also benefit from nicotine replacement therapy. Talk to your doctor to see if gums, lozenges or patches are right for you.
Benefits of Quitting
20 minutes after quitting——Your heart rate & blood pressure drop.
12 hours after quitting——Carbon monoxide level in the blood returns to normal.
1 year after quitting——Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker.
5 years after quitting——Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus & bladder are cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker. Stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2-5 years.
10 years after quitting——The risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. The risk of cancer of the larynx & pancreas decreases.
15 years after quitting——The risk of coronary heart disease is the same as that of a non-smoker.