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Smokefree.gov (http://smokefree.gov/) provides free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people trying to quit smoking.
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National Cancer Institute
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A list of articles from the American Cancer Society
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American Cancer Society
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Setting a Quit Date

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Tips for setting a quit date for tobacco products.

How to Choose the Right Time to Quit

Many smokers have a desire to quit and have contemplated quitting. The majority have thought about quitting someday. Some people will be receptive to trying now or even trying again. People who have tried to quit before may be highly motivated. They truly desire to quit, but their self-confidence might be very low since they have not been successful in the past.

Tips for Setting a Quit Date

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Reasons Why Different People Might Want to Quit

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Reasons why different people might want to quit tobacco: symptomatic adults, asymptomatic results, people with family history of cancer or heart disease, long-term users, new users, parents, women, pregnant women, teenagers, and any users.

Reasons for Any User to Quit

  • Avoid tobacco-related illness (e.g., certain forms of cancer, cardiac disease)
  • Save a lot of money by quitting; for example, a pack-a-day smoker who quits will save annually around $1,380 to $2,710, depending on residence (Lindblom and Boom 2010).
  • Feel much better
  • Improve physical and athletic performance
  • Live a healthier life; live long enough to enjoy retirement, grandchildren, etc.
  • Be more likely to work successfully, have fewer illnesses
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Tobacco use is the most common preventable cause of death. About half of the people who don't quit smoking will die of smoking-related problems. Quitting smoking is important for your health and provides many benefits. Soon after you quit, your circulation begins to improve, and your blood pressure starts to return to normal. Your sense of smell and taste return and breathing starts to become easier. In the long term, giving up tobacco can help you live longer. Your risk of getting cancer decreases with each year you stay smoke-free.
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National Cancer Institute
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Comprehensive information on smoking information, support, and advice for a patient's desire to quit smoking.
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QuitSmokingSupport
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Negative Effects of Smoking

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Details the negative effects of smoking.

Acute risks:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Exacerbation of asthma
  • Harm to pregnancy
  • Impotency
  • Infertility
  • Increased serum carbon monoxide levels

Long-term risks:

  • Myocardial infarction and strokes
  • Lung and other cancers
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema
  • osteoporosis
  • Long-term disability and need for extended care

Environmental risks:

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SMART Recovery® is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups. SMART Recovery® helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: alcoholism, drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities (From their Website).
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SMART Recovery
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Information on identifying relapse triggers and cues from the Recovery Network. An exercise is provided to help you or others become aware of possible relapse triggers.
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AddictionInfo.org
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Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety (From their Website).
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Alcoholics Anonymous
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