Tobacco Program

Thinking about quitting?

It’s not easy… we know.

It takes the average person five to seven tries to quit smoking for good. It’s a frustrating
process that tests your will and physical endurance, but is worth every second to restore
balance and control over your life.

Here, you'll find information to help you determine
whether or not you’re ready to quit,
reasons why you should commit to quitting, and what to expect as you begin your
journey to a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Quitting smoking is worth it and we know you can do it.


Changes Your Body Goes Through
When You Quit Smoking

Within 20 minutes of the last cigarette:
Blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal
Body temperature of hands and feet increase

Within 9 Hours:
Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
Oxygen level in blood increases to normal

Within 24 Hours:
Chance of heart attack decreases

Within 48 Hours:
Nerve endings start to regrow
Ability to smell and taste things is enhanced

Within 72 Hours:
Bronchial tubes relax, making breathing easier
Lung capacity increases

Within 2 Weeks to 3 Months:
Circulation improves
Walking becomes easier
Lung function increases up to 30%

Within 2 to 9 Months:
Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decreases
Cilia regrow in lungs, increasing ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, reduce
infection
Body’s overall energy level increases

Within 5 Years:
Lung cancer rate for the average smoker decreases from 137/100,000 people to 72/100,
000

Within 10 Years:
Lung cancer rate drops to 12/100,000 people
Precancerous cells are replaced
Decrease in other cancers such as those of the mouth, larynx, esophagus, bladder,
kidney and pancreas

Within 15 Years:
Chances of many types of cancer are similar to that of someone who has never smoked
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