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You Can Quit Smoking

Good Reasons To Quit:

More than 480,000 Americans die each year from smoking. Smoking causes illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, problems with pregnancy, and lung disease.

There Has Never Been a Better Time to Quit.

Following these steps will help you to quit.

  1. Get Ready to Quit.

    Set a quit date. Then, change the things around you. Get rid of all cigarettes and ashtrays in your home, car and at work. Do not let people smoke in your home. After you quit, do not smoke–not even a puff!

  2. Get Medicine or Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to Help You Quit.

    Talk to your doctor about medicine or NRT that can help you quit.

  3. Get Help.

    Tell your family, friends and people you work with that you are going to quit. Talk to your doctor, nurse or other health care worker. They can help you quit. Get together with other people who are trying to quit or call a hotline. Having the support of all these people can make quitting easier.


  4. To find out where to get help in your area, call the American Cancer Society toll-free: 1-877-44U-QUIT.

  5. Helpful Hints to Staying Away.

    To make sure you stay away, avoid alcohol or being around smoking. Eat healthy food and get exercise. Keep a positive attitude. You can do it! If you "slip" and smoke, do not give up. Set a new date to get back on track.

You Can Quit.

Most people try several times before they quit for good. Quitting is hard, but... you can quit smoking.

Credit: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Last Updated On: 8/31/2015