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Tobacco Cessation

Tobacco use includes smoking cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, e-cigarettes/vaping, chewing tobacco, and snuff. Tobacco use is an important cause of preventable disease, including:

  • Coronary artery disease, leading to heart attacks
  • Stroke
  • Lung disease, including COPD, emphysema, and chronic cough
  • Cancer of the lungs, mouth, throat, pancreas, and bladder
  • Lung cancer - cigarette smoking is responsible for nearly 90 percent of lung cancer
  • Pregnancy complications: miscarriage, still birth, pre-term delivery, low birth weight and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Quitting tobacco use before the age of 50 cuts your risk of dying by half over the next 15 years.  Other benefits include:

  • Decreased risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, and lung disease
  • Reduced harm to your family and other people around you from second-hand smoke
  • More money saved: Smoking one pack of cigarettes per day at $6 per pack costs $2,190 per year. Quitting now could save you $29,000 over 10 years (adjusting for inflation)

To aid you in quitting tobacco use:

  • Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider about your plans to stop
  • Make a list about your reasons to quit
  • Create a quit plan - set a date when you will stop using tobacco
  • Tell your family and friends about your plan to help you stick to the plan
  • Remove all tobacco products from your home, work, and car
  • Avoid places and situations that encourage you to smoke
  • Use the resources below to help you create the plan and stick to it
  • Prepare for withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, and irritability. You can control these symptoms with medication or nicotine replacement like lozenges, gum, or patches and other prescription medications. These cravings are worse in the first few days and decrease over two to four weeks

Resources to help you quit tobacco use:

  • National Institute of Health: smokefree.gov now provides new technologies like “smoke free” apps, texting programs, or social media quit coaches
  • National Cancer Institute: 1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (Español)
  • Truth Initiative: becomeanex.org
  • Quitter's Circle: quitterscircle.com
  • Talk with your primary care provider about other resources and medications to help you quit
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