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Smoking

becoming a non–smoker

Phil, Karen, Edna, Alice, John, Janet

about quitting cigarettes

20 MINUTES

Your heart rate drops.

12 HOURS

Elevated carbon monoxide levels in your blood return to normal.

2 to 12 WEEKS

Your chance of heart attack begins to decrease.

ONE YEAR
AFTER QUITTING

Your excess risk of coronary heart disease drops by 50% compared with a smoker.

smoking and support

Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things you can do! Don't feel like you have to do it alone. Studies show that the more support you have, the better your chances of success are. Read More  Think of it this way: If you were going to climb Mount Everest, would you go by yourself? If you haven't yet quit smoking, it may be your personal Mount Everest. Family members, friends, and former smokers can help you reach the "top of the mountain," or your personal smoking goal.

If you've already tried to quit smoking, don't give up. It may take more than one attempt. But as you know, the benefits are worth it. When you're ready to try (again), ask your healthcare provider about different ways that may help you quit, and check for resources like the ones below:

Freedom From Smoking® Online: A group clinic offered by the American Lung Association. Also offered as an online program.
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