Smoking harms almost every tissue and organ
in the body, including your heart and blood
vessels. Smoking also harms nonsmokers who
are exposed to second-hand smoke.
If you smoke, you have good reason to worry
about its effect on your health, your loved ones
and others. Deciding to quit is a big step, and
following through is just as important. Quitting
smoking isn’t easy, but others have done it,
and you can too.
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Is it too late to quit?
No matter how much or how long you’ve smoked,
when you quit smoking, your risk of heart disease
and stroke starts to drop. In the year after quitting
smoking, your excess risk of coronary heart disease
drops by 50 percent. After 15 years, your risk is as
low as someone who has never smoked. While you
may crave a cigarette after quitting, most people feel
that quitting is the most positive thing they’ve ever
done for themselves.
How do I quit?
It’s never too late to stop smoking. You are more likely to quit
smoking for good if you prepare for two things: your
last cigarette, and the cravings, urges and feelings that
come with quitting. Think about quitting in five steps:
1. Set a Quit Date. Choose a date within the next
seven days when you will stop smoking. Tell your
family members and friends who are most likely to
support your efforts.
2. Choose a method for quitting. There are several
ways to quit smoking. Some include:
• Stop smoking all at once on your Quit Day.
• Reduce the number of cigarettes per day until you
stop smoking completely.
• Smoke only part of your cigarette. If you use this
method, you need to count how many puffs you
take from each cigarette and reduce the number
every two to three days.
3. Decide if you need medicines or other help
to quit. Talk to your healthcare provider to discuss which
medicine is best for you, and to get instructions about how
to use it. These may include nicotine replacements (gum,
spray, patch or inhaler) or prescription medicines such as
bupropion hydrochloride or varenicline. You may also ask
about referral to a smoking cessation program.
4. Plan for your Quit Day. Get rid of all cigarettes,
matches, lighters, ashtrays from your house. Find healthy
substitutes for smoking. Go for walks. Carry sugarless
gum or mints. Munch carrots or celery sticks.
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