Need Help Quitting? We are Here for You!
Why Should You Quit?
– 20 minutes after quitting: heart rate drops
– 12 hours after quitting: carbon dioxide level in your blood drops to normal
– 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: heart attack risk decreases and your lung function improves
– 1 to 9 months after quitting: coughing and shortness of breath decrease
– 1 year after quitting: added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker
Don’t Give Up!
On average, most smokers attempt to quite 6-11 times before they actually succeed. It is important to remember a slip up does not mean failure. There is nothing to be ashamed about if you go back to a cigarette, just try to focus on the bigger picture – each smoke free day is a success i.e. just because one day you are incredibly stressed out so you have a cigarette does not mean you have to give up on your goal to quit. You and your loved ones deserve another chance, try not to put yourself down if quitting takes a while. Becoming smoke free is a journey. Take it day-by-day, one step at a time. Remember every minute you are smoke free is a success for your health.
Ask for Help!
Quitting smoking is not just a difficult task mentally and emotionally, but also a challenging physical ordeal for your body as it overcomes its addiction to nicotine. If you have unsuccessfully tried to quit in the past, do not despair. In fact, only 4-7% of people are able to quit smoking cold turkey. That means most people need support – from healthcare providers, family, friends and coworkers. Statistics show that getting support from your healthcare provider (including counseling and medication) can double your success rate for quitting. If you are looking for motivation to help you quit, know that you are not alone. Quitting is hard because it is more than just a “bad habit” – it is an addiction. So don’t be afraid to ask for help!
For more information and helpful resources and tools visit: www.quitterscircle.com
– FREE mobile app that
allows your family/friends to join and support you on your quit
– Plan my Quit Cards: printable cards that include activities to help jump start your quit and keep you on track during your first week of not smoking. They help you take an active role in your quit and develop a specific plan for you.
– Smoke Free Month: a print out to help you stay smoke free.
– Lots of articles and other resources to help encourage you and keep you motivated.