There are many reasons why you should quit smoking, and the main one is your health. On this page you will find many good reasons to quit, along with information, services, and an app you can download to your smartphone. All of these can help you reach your goal.
Myth: Smoking is not harmful to my health.
Fact: Approximately 13 people die in Connecticut each day from smoking-related causes. Smokers, on average, die between 13 and 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.
Myth: Smoking only hurts the person who is smoking.
Fact: Roughly 440 people die each year in Connecticut from exposure to secondhand smoke. There is no risk-free level of contact with secondhand smoke. Even brief exposure can harm nonsmokers.
Myth: Switching to light cigarettes will make me healthier without having to quit smoking.
Fact: Studies show that smokers who use light cigarettes do not reduce their risk for getting smoking-related cancers or other diseases. Studies have also shown that switching to light cigarettes does not help smokers quit and that it can actually decrease their motivation to quit.
Myth: I’ve been smoking for so long that quitting now will not help me.
Fact: People’s heart rate calms down within 20 minutes of their last cigarette. Within eight hours, there is more oxygen in the blood and mucus begins to clear out of the lungs, which makes it easier to breathe. After one year, your risk of dying from a heart attack is cut in half.
Myth: Quitting smoking is really hard.
Fact: Millions of people have quit smoking. In fact, there are more former smokers today than current smokers.
Ask your regular provider about the many treatment options and support available for you in the community and online, which can help you quit smoking. These resources can also help to prevent a relapse. The following are the three main ways we can help you quit smoking:
Nicotine Replacement Products come in several forms, such as:
Your provider can help you decide which will work best for you.
Check out the following links below. Our helpful links are great resources for information on health risks, pregnancy and postpartum risks to women and their children, secondhand smoke risks, and the costs and consequences of smoking. You will also find tips to help you quit smoking and prevent a relapse.
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