Stop Smoking

Why you should stop smoking

If you currently smoke cigarettes, you should seriously consider stopping. It has been medically proven that smoking is dangerous and causes many health problems including premature death.

How you can quit

Make a plan to quit smoking. There are many ways go about your journey to stop smoking. Do not get discouraged if you are initially unsuccessful. Many people try very hard to quit smoking but return to smoking because smoking is addictive.

Here is some information to help you start your plan:

  1. Set a quit date
  2. Find another habit or hobby
  3. Cope with addiction
  4. Find support- through your network of family, friends, and peers

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What to expect

When you stop smoking, you may feel symptoms of withdrawal because most people are addicted to the nicotine that is found in the cigarette, not the cigarette entirely. These are symptoms you feel because your body is withdrawing from nicotine.

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Depression, Irritability, Anxiety
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Increased appetite

Reach out for help

If you are thinking about smoking or intending to quit, there are many programs and products that can help you to quit smoking. Below we listed some smoking cessation websites, phone numbers and products that can help you on your journey:

RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP YOU QUIT SMOKING

Websites

Ex

http://www.becomeanex.org/

Quit Tobacco

http://www.ucanquit2.org/

SmokeFree

http://www.smokefree.gov/

SmokeFree for Women

http://women.smokefree.gov/topic-pregnancy.aspx

Phone Numbers

QUIT NOW (CDC)

1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

American Heart Association

1-800-AHA-USA1 (1-800- 242-8721)

American Lung Association

1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872)

Products

Chewing Gum

You can buy these at your local pharmacy, talk to the pharmacist

Skin Patches

You can buy these at your local pharmacy, talk to the pharmacist

Tablets

You will need a prescription to get these

Sources:

American Heart Association. Tobacco and high blood pressure. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/PreventionTreatmentofHighBloodPressure/Tobacco-and-Blood-Pressure_UCM_301886_Article.jsp#.Vqq3g_k4Fdg

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. How does smoking affect heart and blood vessels? http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/smoking

Truth Initiative. Become an Ex. https://www.becomeanex.org/

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