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Cessation Resources

Quitting tobacco is one of the best things you can do for your health. And when you quit, you send an important message to youth that tobacco and nicotine are not healthy choices. While e-cigarettes are often promoted as a cessation product, the FDA hasn't approved them as a safe and effective quit aid.

The American Thoracic Society presents scientific evidence that e-cigarettes are harmful to users' health and aren't an effective long-term smoking cessation tool.

The best way to quit smoking is with a combination of proven techniques such as counseling and nicotine replacements - gum, patch or medication.

Effective cessation resources

Talk with your healthcare provider about prescription medication and cessation programs covered by your health insurance or try:

Benefits of quitting

  • 20 minutes later: blood pressure improves.
  • 8 hours later: carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal.
  • 24 hours later: chance of heart attack decreases.
  • 2 weeks to 3 months later: circulation improves lung function.
  • 1 year later: chance of heart attack is cut in half.
  • 5 years later: stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker.
  • 10 years later: risk of lung cancer is cut in half.
  • 15 years later: risk of heart disease is similar to that of a nonsmoker.

Proven Quit Aids