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Quitting tobacco use

  • Quitting may be difficult but it is not impossible. Talk with a member of your health care team to get help quitting.

    Preparing to quit

    • Make a pact with yourself to quit.
    • Write down your three most important reasons for quitting on a card. Carry the card with you or post it on your refrigerator, desk or mirror and look at it several times a day.
    • Make your home smoke free to reduce your triggers to smoke. For example, most people don't expect to smoke in a restaurant anymore because they've grown used to it.
    • Visualize yourself as someone who doesn't use tobacco.
    • Plan your reward for each day you don't smoke. Keep them small, easy and affordable.

    Actually quitting

    • Get rid of all cigarettes and chewing tobacco. Throw away your ashtrays and lighters.
    • Don't allow smoking in your home—if other family members want to smoke, ask them to go outside.
    • Avoid "high risk" situations: bars, parties and smoking environments.
    • Think positively. Believe you can quit.
    • Take it one day at a time. Remember: even the most intense craving lasts only five to 10 minutes. Wait it out!

    Need help quitting?

    Allina Health resources

    • Tobacco Intervention Program at Abbott Northwestern Hospital: 612-863-1648
    • Tobacco Intervention Program at Mercy Hospital: 763-236-8008
    • Penny George™ Institute for Health and Healing (LiveWell Center) tobacco intervention coaching: 612-863-5178
    • Allina Health United Lung and Sleep Clinic Tobacco Cessation Program: 651-726-6200

    Other resources

    • QUITPLAN® (Minnesota): 1-888-354-PLAN (7526) or
    • Quit Smoking Hotline (all other states): 1-800-QUIT-NOW
    • Online tobacco cessation support:
    • American Lung Association: 651-227-8014
    • Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center's Residential Treatment Program: 1-800-344-5984 or 507-266-1930
  • Did you know?

    Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of death in the U.S.

    Cigarette smoking is the most common form of nicotine addiction in the U.S.

    Did you know?

    Nicotine has effects like both caffeine ("upper") and alcohol ("downer").


    Allina Health facilities and grounds are tobacco-free. You will not be able to smoke on hospital grounds during your hospital stay.

    Did you know?

    Each year, secondhand smoke causes about 41,000 deaths.

    • About 7,300 of these deaths are from lung cancer.
    • About 34,000 of these deaths are from heart disease.

    (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

    Did you know?

    In one year of quitting smoking, your risk of heart disease is reduced by more than half. Quitting also reduces the risk of a second heart attack if you've already had one.

    (Source: National Institutes of Health)