Quitting Smoking - Thinking About Quitting?
When you're craving
tobacco, it's hard to focus on quitting. Preparing yourself before you quit can
help. Before you quit, get ready for a life without nicotine.
Think about your reasons for quitting
motivate you to quit smoking? Think about it. It's important to have your own
reasons for quitting(What is a PDF document?).
healthy is a common reason to want to quit smoking. Or maybe you want to feel
more in control of your life, instead of feeling controlled by tobacco.
Teens may have other reasons to quit smoking.
Talk to your family and friends about quitting.
Their support might help you decide to quit.
Quitting Smoking: Getting Support
Know the risks of smoking
What worries you about
smoking? Make a list. Talk about it with your doctor. You may worry about:
- Health problems. Are you out of breath when
you walk up the stairs? Are
asthma symptoms getting worse? Are you coughing a lot?
- Long-term health risks. Are you afraid of having a
heart attack or
stroke? How about lung disease or cancer?
- Risks to others. Do you worry about family members getting lung
cancer and heart disease? Are you afraid that your children might start smoking
because you do? Are you concerned that your baby may die of
sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) if you smoke? Maybe your children have frequent ear infections or
Did you know that most all of the health risks of smoking go away if you quit?
One Man's Story:
It was throat pain that helped
Nate give up smoking for good. Dealing with a sore throat all the time just
wasn't worth it anymore. "In the end, I made up my mind and quit."-Nate, 27
Read more about Nate and how he quit smoking.
Look forward to the rewards
What do you gain by
quitting? You can:
- Feel better and be able to do more.
- Cough less and have less shortness of breath.
- Have a
younger-looking and healthier body.
- Set a
good example for others (especially children).
- Save money by getting rid of the
cost of smoking. To find out how much you spend on
cigarettes, see the
Interactive Tool: How Much Is Smoking Costing You?
- Be in control of your habits.
- No longer feel embarrassed about being a smoker.