20 minutes Blood pressure drops to a level close to what you had before your first cigarette. Temperature of your hands and feet increases to normal
2 weeks to 3 months
Circulation improves. Lung function increases up to 30%
1 to 9 months
Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decrease. Cilia in lung regain normal function, improving ability to clear mucous and reduce infection
Your chance of heart attack is cut in half
Risk of stroke is reduced to that of a non smoker’s
Risk of lung cancer is half that of a smoker’s. Risk of cancer of mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decrease
Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non smoker’s
Possible Ways to Quit Smoking
1. Nicotine Replacement Therapy
A gum, patch, nasal spray, or inhaler. Works by providing a substitute source of nicotine, without other harmful components of cigarette. Helps smoker to cut back on cigarettes gradually.
A pill available by prescription from your doctor. A non-nicotine drug that reduces symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Also called Wellbutrin.
3. Cold Turkey
5. Stop-Smoking Support Groups
- American Cancer Society – 1-800-ACS-2345
- National Cancer Institute – 1-800-4-cancer
- American Heart Association – 1-800-AHA-USA1
- American Lung Association – 1-800-LUNG-USA
- Illinois Tobacco Quitline 1-866-QUIT-YES 1-866-784-8937
6. INTERNET chat lines
- America’s On Line Clean Air Café
7. Other Methods
- Vitamin Therapy
- Herbal & Homeopathic remedies
Tips To help You…………
- Think of how tobacco companies have manipulated you (and millions of others!)
- Don’t despair if you slip! It usually takes more than one attempt to stop smoking. You learn something new each time, and it may make it easier next time!
Don’t Give Up!!!!!!