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Quitting the use of any and all tobacco products at any time improves your health no matter how long you have been smoking. There are a variety of benefits ranging from immediate to long-term including cardiovascular, respiratory, cancer-related and reproductive benefits.
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Heart rate drops
Nicotine level in blood drops to zero
Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to level of a non-smoker
Coughing and shortness of breath decrease
Risk of heart attack drops sharply
Added risk of coronary heart disease drops by half
Added risk of cancers of the mouth, throat and voice box drops by half; risk of stroke decreases
Added risk of lung cancer drops by half after 10-15 years; risk of cancers of the bladder, esophagus and kidneys decreases
Risk of coronary heart disease drops to close to that of a non-smokers
Risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box and pancreas drops to close to that of a non-smoker; added risk of cervical cancer drops by about half
Reduced risk of 12 different cancers:
For cancer survivors, quitting may improve prognosis and reduce risk of premature death
When you decide to quit smoking, vaping and dipping, you are making a commitment to yourself. Making a plan to quit with your healthcare provider is important. You should plan for how to manage triggering situations and how to cope with the effects of quitting. It is also important to identify the why behind your decision to quit. Your why is your driving force and often aligns with your values.
Questions to Consider When Deciding to Quit.
Deciding when to quit is important, and preparing to quit is just as important as quitting itself. If you have a plan in place with a good understanding of what your path forward may be like, you have a better shot at being successful. Some things to consider when preparing to quit include tracking your tobacco use (e.g. when you crave smoking, vaping or dipping the most, your mood, triggers and number of cigarettes), scheduling a specific date to quit and creating a network of people for support.
We know quitting tobacco is hard. But the more you prepare yourself, the more likely you are to quit for good. Learn how to make and stick to a quit plan and how medications and other options can help you on your journey. Let’s get started!
Telling those you care about that you want to quit smoking, vaping, dipping is an essential step. A strong support group can provide encouragement and accountability in your journey.
Quitting tobacco can be very difficult. Your brain has to get used to not having nicotine around and you have to get used to a routine that does not include vaping, dipping or smoking.
Nicotine changes how your brain works, making it difficult to quit smoking, vaping and dipping.
When you quit smoking, your brain can respond in a variety of ways. These are some symptoms of withdrawal:
Reach out for help from your provider and loved ones as you work through withdrawal.
Smoking, vaping and dipping can be a part of your routine that you may not recognize.
Urges to vape, smoke and dip including unexpected experiences like stress, will arise.
Call 1 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/features/quitlines/index.html
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