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Quitting Smoking

Take control of your life. Don't let tobacco control you!

Questions to ask yourself
1. What are all the ways that quitting smoking will improve your life?

2. What could you do with the money you won’t be spending on tobacco?

Tips for quitting
Make a plan
Get support from a friend, family member, or support group to help you through tough times

Tips for staying tobacco free
Know your "triggers" and have a plan for what to do when you’re tempted to smoke.

If you start smoking again, remember: you quit once and you can do it again.

Time after Quitting

  Rewards of Quitting
 20 minutes
  Your heart rate drops.
 12 hours
  Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to a normal level.
 2 weeks to 3 mos.   Your heart attack risk begins to drop and your lung function begins to improve.
 1 to 9 months   Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease
 1 year
  Your added risk of coronary heart disease is 1/2 that of a smokers.
 5 years   Your stroke risk is now the same as a non-smoker’s risk.


Mercy offers a one-on-one tobacco cessation program designed to help you quit and stay non-smoking. Call Mercy On Call, 358-2767 for more information.

Quit Line Iowa
 | 1-866-822-6879

American Lung Association, Lung HelpLine: 800-586-4872

National Cancer Institute Smoking Quit Line: 877-448-7848

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