Why Quit?

"Smoking cessation represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives."

— US Surgeon General

It is time to say “Enuff of the Puff!”

No matter how old you are or how long you have smoked, quitting will help you live longer.

Quitting smoking is not easy, but you can do it. To have the best chance of success in quitting, you need to know what you’re up against, what your options are and where to go for help.

Tobacco users need to be aware of the dangers of tobacco use. As soon as 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your health will begin to improve.

By becoming tobacco free your…

  • Heart rate and blood pressure drops after 20 minutes
  • Carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal after 12 hours
  • Improved circulation and lung function after 2 weeks to 3 months
  • Stroke risk is reduced to that of a person who never smoked after 5 to 15 years of not smoking
  • Cancers of the mouth, throat, and esophagus risks are halved 5 years after quitting
  • Cancer of the larynx risk is reduced after quitting
  • Coronary heart disease risk is cut by half 1 year after quitting and is nearly the same as someone who never smoked 15 years after quitting
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease risk of death is reduced after you quit
  • Lung cancer risk drops by as much as half 10 years after quitting
  • Ulcer risk drops after quitting
  • Bladder cancer risk is halved a few years after quitting
  • Peripheral artery disease goes down after quitting
  • Cervical cancer risk is reduced a few years after quitting
  • Low birth weight baby risk drops to normal if you quit before pregnancy or during your first trimester

In addition to health risks, common reasons to quit tobacco include:

  • I’m spending too much money on tobacco
  • I’m tired of smelling like smoke
  • I no longer enjoy smoking
  • My doctor told me that smoking has already hurt my health
  • I can’t catch my breath – I feel like I am out of shape
  • I don’t want to expose my family and friends to secondhand smoke
  • My friends and/or family want me to quit
  • I don’t want to look older than I am
  • I’m scared of getting sick or dying

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