Not Ready to Quit? Consider Taking a Break!

If quitting tobacco seems like too much right now, consider taking a break or a vacation from tobacco use.

This can help you feel better by restoring balance*.

  • Set a goal to stop using tobacco.
  • Talk with your doctor for resources or ways to cope with withdrawal symptoms.

If this goes well, maybe you will take more breaks during the year. This could lead to a tobacco-free life!

*Follow your doctor’s directions for medicine, exercise, diet and other activities.

What's in tobacco


  • damages and narrows blood vessels
    • This can lead to infections and risk for stroke.
  • increases blood pressure
    • This can lead to stroke or heart disease.
  • makes your blood vessels and arteries "sticky," which can block blood flow
    • This raises your risks for heart disease, kidney disease, retinopathy (eye disease that causes blindness) and nerve damage.
  • increases insulin resistance
    • This can raise your blood glucose and lead to diabetes.

Related resources

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Heart Failure, fifth edition, 1-931876-31-2
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 12/10/2015