Quitting Smoking

         Basic Facts

  • Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of illness and death in the United States and is known to affect all parts of a person's body.

  • Smoking is the primary cause of cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and peripheral artery disease .

  • Smokers can greatly improve their health and prevent illness and disease by quitting smoking at any age.

  • More than five methods have been proven to help smokers quit. Quitting may require a combination of methods.

Smoking Final

Smoking is a physical and psychological addiction that can create serious health problems.

Once a person starts smoking and becomes a regular smoker, quitting can be difficult. People may attempt to quit many times before they successfully stop smoking permanently. A smoker may not use just one method to quit smoking; quitting may require a combination of many methods.

Quitting smoking is made even more difficult by withdrawal symptoms, such as:

  • Nervousness,

  • Anxiety,

  • Headaches,

  • Frustration,

  • Irritability,

  • Anger,

  • Difficulty concentrating,

  • Increased appetite,

  • Difficulty sleeping, and

  • Frequent urges to smoke.

Withdrawal symptoms usually peak after two days of quitting and then disappear during the following weeks.

Conditions Helped By Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking helps to prevent or slow the progression of many, if not all, conditions affected by smoking. In addition to reducing a person's risk of cancer, quitting smoking may also reduce chances for developing one or more of the following:

  • Coronary heart disease,

  • Congestive heart failure,

  • Peripheral artery disease,

  • Carotid artery disease,

  • High blood pressure,

  • High cholesterol, or

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or other lung diseases.

Quitting Smoking FAQ