becoming a non–smoker
Phil, Karen, Edna, Alice, John, Janet
about quitting cigarettes
Your heart rate drops.
Elevated carbon monoxide levels in your blood return to normal.
2 to 12 WEEKS
Your chance of heart attack begins to decrease.
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: