Stopping Smoking is the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Health
20 minutes after you quit: your blood pressure returns to normal.
24 hours after you quit: your chance of heart attack decreases.
1 year after you stop smoking: your risk of heart disease falls by 50%.
10-15 years later: your life expectancy is comparable to those who have never smoked.
Tobacco addiction causes individuals to plan their lives around smoking. No matter what your reason is for smoking, there are better ones to quit.
If you've tried to quit smoking in the past, you may wonder, "Can this time be different?" Yes! By looking at what worked before, and what didn't work, you can take steps to ensure your success. It often takes two or more tries to quit smoking for good. Think of past efforts as practice. By quitting smoking:
1. You'll Feel Better
2. Your Energy Will Improve.
3. You'll Reduce the Risk of Serious Illness
4. You'll Live Longer
5. Food Will Taste Better
6. You'll Save Money
7. You'll Look Better
8. You'll Feel Better About Yourself
9. You'll Protect Those You Love
10. Remember, It's NEVER Too Late.
The Cooper Clayton Start-to-Stop Method is a proven program for individuals who want to stop smoking. This program is offered FREE through a partnership with Owensboro Medical Health Ssystem, Green River District Health Department, Green River Heart Institute and the Kentucky Cancer Program. Check out the Cooper Clayton page for additional information.
Also, the State of Kentucky offers a Tobacco-Free Quitline, 1-800-Quit Now (784-8669) to assist those who wish to become non-smokers. The quit line provides information to tobacco users and non-tobacco users on tobacco dependence and its treatment. The quit line offers a one-on-one proactive counseling program for tobacco users who are ready to quit.
Check out our 1-800-Quit Now web page for additional information.
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