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Why Quit?

Get Motivated to Stop Using Tobacco

No one but you can decide when and why it’s the right time to quit. But if you’re having a hard time making the decision or finding your motivation, our experts can help. No matter how long you’ve used tobacco, we can help you get inspired to start your quit now.

Tobacco Product Use Can Take Years Off Your Life

Using tobacco products can cause harm to your health and well-being that leaves you and your family suffering the consequences. In fact, tobacco use damages nearly every part of your body, from the lungs to the immune system, making it the leading cause of preventable death, taking an average of 10 years off your life.

Quitting Tobacco Reduces Your Risk of 12 Types of Cancer:

Mouth Cancer
Lung Cancer
Esophagus Cancer
Liver Cancer
Kidney Cancer
Bladder Cancer
Cervix Cancer
Colon Cancer
Stomach Cancer
Pancreas Cancer
Larynx Cancer
Acute myeloid leukemia
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Should You Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

Yearly lung cancer screening with a low-dose CT scan is recommended for people who:
  • Have a 20 pack-year or more smoking history, and
  • Smoke now or have quit within the past 15 years, and
  • Are between 50 and 80 years old.

A pack-year is smoking an average of one pack of cigarettes per day for one year. For example, a person could have a 20 pack-year history by smoking one pack a day for 20 years or two packs a day for 10 years.

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Health Improvements From Quitting

The good news? You don’t have to wait long to feel the health benefits of quitting tobacco. As soon as you start quitting, your body begins to recover from the damage caused by using tobacco. Over time, quitting lowers your risk for smoking related diseases and can add years onto your life. No matter how much or how long you’ve used tobacco, it’s never too late to quit.

2 Weeks

Circulation and lung function improves

1 Year

Risk of heart attack sharply falls

5 Years

Risk of some cancer goes down

15 Years

Risk of cancer is similar to that of a nonsmoker

Within Minutes

Blood pressure and heart rate lower almost immediately

1-12 Months

Coughing and shortness of breath decrease

3 Years

Chance of coronoary heart disease decreases by half

10 Years

Lung cancer rate drops by 50%

Quitting and
Mental Health

There are many misconceptions about smoking and the impact it has on mental health. The fact is, even though quitting can be stressful, continuing to smoke can make mental health symptoms worse.

Smoking increases feelings related to stress

Quitting reduces stress over time

When you first start to quit, it may be tough to get past the stress of cravings and withdrawal. But in the long run, if you continue to stay quit, symptoms of stress have been shown to significantly improve.

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Smoking can worsen symptoms related to anxiety and depression

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Quitting can ease symptoms of anxiety and depression

Quitting tobacco is hard, and if you have conditions like anxiety or depression, you may face even more obstacles in quitting. But it’s not impossible. Find out how our free quit support helps.

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Smoking can impact the effectiveness of certain medications that you may use to manage your mental health symptoms.

Protecting Loved Ones

For people who use tobacco, quitting can be one of the hardest things they ever do. But getting through it can make a huge difference for everyone in your life. When you’re healthier, there’s a better chance you will be around for loved ones long-term, without the complications of smoking holding you back.

Plus, quitting tobacco helps protect those closest to you too. That’s because even if you smoke in another room, in a stairwell, or with a window open, secondhand smoke can still spread. Exposure for even a short period of time has many of the same side effects on nonsmokers as smokers themselves may experience. Secondhand smoke exposure is more hazardous for babies and children because they are still growing.

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Secondhand smoke side effects include cancer, stroke, and heart disease.

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Babies exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and damage to the developing body and brain.

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Young children exposed to secondhand smoke get sick more often with pneumonia, ear infections, and bronchitis.

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Using tobacco while pregnant or breastfeeding can have many negative health effects for both you and your baby.

The Cost of Tobacco Adds Up

Beyond the physical, mental, and emotional impacts of tobacco use is the financial drain. In Illinois, people who smoke spend an average of $4,000 a year. That’s money you could be saving for necessities like bills and groceries, or even a vacation.

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How Much Will You Save by Quitting?

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Quitting Could Save You:
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