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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. The only protection from the dangerous effects of cigarette smoke is to live smoke-free. 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 start 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:
  • 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. 
  • The Massachusetts Smoker’s Quitline is a free, phone-based counseling that’s available to all smokers. Call (800) QUIT-NOW for immediate assistance

Smoking Cessation Services 

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.
 
Online Resources 

Your new life without cigarettes is just a click away! Here are some resource to help you quit.
 
Current Tobacco Cessation Video 

 

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