How to Stop Smoking


Why should I stop smoking? You will improve your health and the health of others around you if you stop smoking. Your risk of heart and lung disease, cancer, stroke, heart attack, and vision problems will also decrease. You can benefit from quitting no matter how long you have smoked. Quitting may even prolong your life.

How can I prepare to stop smoking? Nicotine is a highly addictive drug found in cigarettes. Withdrawal symptoms can happen when you stop smoking and make it hard to quit. These include anxiety, depression, irritability, trouble sleeping, and increased appetite. You increase your chances of success if you prepare to quit.

What are some tools to help me stop smoking? You may be able to quit on your own, or you may need to try one or more of the following:

How can I manage my cravings?

What should I know about weight gain after I quit? You may gain a few pounds after you quit smoking. Remember that quitting helps decrease your risk for serious health problems caused by smoking. The following can help you avoid weight gain:

Where can I find support and more information?


You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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