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Facts Behind Quitting

When you smoke the first time, thousands of nicotine receptors are activated in your brain. When there is no longer nicotine in these receptors, the brain tells you that you need more nicotine to feed your craving. This happens over and over every time that you smoke.

In order to combat the constant cravings that your brain is having, there are ways to help. Using some form of pharmacotherapy (medication) in addition to the counseling offered by the Quitline staff increases your chances of quitting by 50%. Our staff will help walk you through the different types of medications available to help you kick the habit for good.

Quitting is hard because of the nicotine and how addictive it is. It’s actually been proven to be as addictive as heroin or cocaine. This is why it may take several attempts to quit smoking. Each time, you will learn more about the process and what it will take to quit for good. It takes hard work, but we are here to give you the tools that you need in order to become smoke-free.

The nicotine receptors in your brain will eventually become dormant, but it will take a while. That’s why it’s important to use some sort of medication in addition to the counseling provided by the Illinois Tobacco Quitline. But don’t worry; you’re not alone. We will walk you through what could be the best option for you based on how and when you use tobacco. Our staff takes the time to understand your addiction to make recommendations based on YOU.

We understand that smoking is not a one-size-fits-all addiction. We are prepared to assess your situation and make sure your plan is tailor-made to fit your needs.

Give us a call and you’ll see what we mean. 1-866-QUIT-YES

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It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Part of quitting smoking involves preparing yourself before the big race, and making sure you are listening to your body along the way. The road might not be easy, but it will be worth it at the finish.