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Smoking Cessation Program

Do Your Body a Favor: Quit Smoking

a cracked cigarette According to the American Cancer Society, one in five deaths in the United States is directly related to smoking. The good news is among current U.S. smokers, more then 70% of them say they want to quit. If you are a smoker, you know it’s tough to quit. In fact, only five to ten percent of those who try are successful. But here is some motivation. Your body starts seeing results right away before it reaches full recovery.

  • 20 minutes after quitting: your blood pressure and temperature of your hands and feet return to normal levels.
  • 24 hours after quitting: your chance of a heart attack decreases.
  • Two weeks to three months after quitting: your circulation improves and lung function increases up to 30 percent.
  • One to nine months after quitting: coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease; lung structures regain normal function.
  • One year after quitting: the excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
  • Ten years after quitting: the lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker’s. Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas also decrease.
  • Fifteen years after quitting: the risk of coronary heart disease is equal of a non-smoker’s risk.
  • There are several other reasons to quit smoking including cancer, lung diseases, heart attacks, strokes, blood vessel disease – not to mention losing years of your life.

According to and the U.S. Surgeon General, “Smoking cessation (stopping smoking) represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives.”

Not only will your body be healthier, you will also smell better, your teeth will be whiter, your food will taste better and you will be able to breathe easier.

So attend a counseling service, use a nicotine substitute such as the patch or gum, or take prescription medication and watch your wallet stay heavy with all the money you will save after quitting smoking.

For assistance with quitting, there are many free resources available to citizens of Louisiana by contacting Louisiana's Smoking Cessation help center at:

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