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Quitting Smoking

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BENEFITS OF QUITTING SMOKING

Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and affecting the general health of smokers and those exposed to secondhand smoke. Vaping too has been linked to serious illnesses. Both products contain the addictive chemical nicotine and other cancer-causing chemicals. The only protection from the dangerous effects of cigarette smoke and vaping is to live smoke-free and vape-free life. The rewards of quitting are almost immediate and are well worth making the commitment.

BENEFITS NOW, BENEFITS LATER

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States33. In Massachusetts alone, one person dies every hour due to smoking-related illnesses34. The good news is that the health benefits of quitting smoking starts almost immediately from the moment you put out your last cigarette.

Immediate Benefits of Quitting Long-Term Benefits of Quitting
Decreased odor on clothes, hair and breath Risk of lung cancer death is half that of a smoker's
Blood pressure and heart rate start to drop Improved breathing
Increased blood oxygen levels Fewer sick days
Decreased carbon monoxide levels Decreased risk of ulcers, acid reflux, and gum disease
Sense of smell and taste begin to return to normal Improved skin health
More money in your pocket Risk of stroke and coronary heart disease is greater than that of nonsmoker's

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

There are plenty of resources to help you achieve your goal. Whether you’re just thinking about quitting, getting ready to quit, or in the midst of a quit attempt, here are some resources available to help support you:
  • The Massachusetts Smoker’s Quitline is a free, phone-based counseling that’s available to all smokers. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for immediate assistance. Counselors are standing by to help you break free today!
  • Your healthcare provider can provide you with helpful information and medication to increase your success in quitting. Don’t have a healthcare provider? The Mayor’s Health Line can find you one. 

Smoking Cessation Services in Boston

There are a number of programs in Boston that offer convenient, low-cost tobacco treatment programs to help you quit smoking. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) today to set up an appointment with a tobacco treatment specialist. Individuals who receive counseling through this service are eligible to receive 8 weeks of nicotine replacement therapy patches. 

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