Quitting tobacco

Maybe you’ve tried quitting tobacco already. Maybe this is your first time. The good news is there are many ways to quit. It’s important to choose methods that appeal to you. It may take some practice to find the best way for you to quit but keep working on it. You can do this! As you think about quitting…we’re here to help!

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Tobacco Intervention Program

Quitting tobacco is challenging because nicotine — the active ingredient in all tobacco products — is extremely addictive. There is no safe tobacco. No matter your reason for wanting to quit, resources are available to help you succeed.

Smoking even one cigarette a day causes your heart rate and blood pressure to increase, and your major blood vessels to become smaller, causing your heart to work harder.

Learn more about what happens when you smoke.

Some benefits of quitting smoking include fewer colds, sinus infections, and lung problems such as pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma attacks.

Learn more about the benefits of quitting smoking.

Your body is getting rid of thousands of chemicals found in tobacco. You are no longer being artificially relaxed from nicotine.

Learn more about how your body recovers.

Answering the following questions may help you better understand the reasons that you use tobacco, which can lead you toward the steps to quit tobacco use for good.

Learn more about why you use tobacco.

These medicines are used to remove cravings or lower them to a level you can manage. If your cravings are still severe while using these medicines, call your doctor or tobacco counselor for help in making changes to dosages or medicine.

Learn more about over-the-counter methods.

These medicines are used to remove cravings or lower them to a level you can manage. If your cravings are still severe while using these medicines, please call your doctor or tobacco counselor for help in making changes to dosages or medicine.

Learn more about prescription methods.

Use the chart for 1 to 3 days to help you better understand what triggers your urge to use tobacco. This can help you plan how to cope with your triggers when you quit.

Learn more about tobacco triggers.

Aromatherapy uses essential oils to maintain and restore health. Aromatherapy encourages your body’s natural ability to relax and heal, and supports the balance of mind, body and spirit.

Learn more about using aromatherapy inhalers.

Smokeless tobacco products are not a safe alternative to smoking. Any form of tobacco contains many toxic chemicals and high levels of nicotine.

Learn more about smokeless tobacco.

The nicotine in e-cigarettes is not filtered the way it is in FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapies (such as patches and gum). This allows harmful chemicals from tobacco to be in e-cigarettes. Some companies claim to use filtered nicotine. This is not FDA-regulated so it cannot be verified.

Learn more about E-cigarettes.

Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals. More than 70 are known to cause cancer. Tobacco products include cigarettes, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS, includes e-cigarettes), cigars, smokeless tobacco (dip or chew), hookahs, pipes, roll-your-own, and oral nicotine products. Some of the chemicals are listed below.

Learn more about toxic chemicals in tobacco.

Secondhand smoke is a mixture of smoke coming from the burning tips of cigarettes, pipes and cigars, and smoke exhaled by smokers. 

Thirdhand smoke is the chemical residue left from secondhand smoke.

Learn more about secondhand and thirdhand smoke.

Your baby gets less oxygen and food because nicotine from cigarettes tightens up your blood vessels.

Learn more about how tobacco affects babies and children.

Tobacco use keeps oxygen from reaching your surgery site and it can increase your recovery time.

Learn more about quitting tobacco for surgery.

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability and death. E-cigarettes are designed to deliver nicotine, the highly addictive chemical found in all tobacco products. Research shows that vaping is not a safe alternative to using cigarettes or any other forms of tobacco.

Learn more about how tobacco and nicotine affect youth and young adults.

Watching someone you care about who uses tobacco struggle for his or her health can be a frustrating and heart-rending time. Because so many diseases have been solidly linked to tobacco, continuing to use it can be viewed as a simple choice — do you want better health or not?

Learn more about your loved one's tobacco addiction.

Allina Health

  • Tobacco Intervention Program at Abbott Northwestern Hospital 612-863-1648
  • Tobacco Intervention Program at Mercy Hospital 763-236-8008
  • Tobacco Intervention Program at River Falls Area Hospital 715-307-6075
  • Tobacco Intervention Services at Allina Health United Hospital - Hastings Regina Campus 715-307-6075
  • *United Hospital Lung and Sleep Clinic Tobacco Cessation Program 651-726-6200
  • *Penny George™ Institute for Health and Healing (LiveWell Center) tobacco intervention coaching 612-863-5178


*There may be a cost to you. Check with your insurance provider.

Patient education videos

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Identifying Reasons to Quit Smoking

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Quitting Tobacco

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First Published: 09/17/2020
Last Reviewed: 09/17/2020