quitting

Patient Handout: Why Quit?

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General facts about smoking in regards to special topics like smoking and women, secondhand smoke, and addiction in general.

As restaurants, work places, and other public areas are increasingly becoming smoke-free, it appears that smoking is no longer as popular and acceptable in America today. Every day, people suffer from illnesses caused by the effects of smoking. Others die from the effects of tobacco use. Perhaps the facts presented below will help make you more aware of what consequences surround you or someone you know who smokes. Tobacco users must take steps today in order to avoid becoming part of these statistics in the future.



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Patient Handout: Health Changes Once You Quit Smoking

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Handout describes the lasting health improvements that result from quitting smoking.

Within 20 minutes of your last cigarette:

  • Blood pressure drops to what it was before your last cigarette
  • Temperature of hands and feet rises to normal

Within 8 hours of your last cigarette:

  • Carbon monoxide level drops to normal

Within 24 hours of your last cigarette:

  • Chance of heart attack decreases

Within 2 weeks to 3 months of your last cigarette:

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Smoking Cessation Cycle

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Smoking Cessation Cycle as referenced by Prochaska et al. 1992, 1993; Prochaska and DiClemente 1982

Contented User: A stage of pre-contemplation. No intention of taking action within the next 6 months. May be uninformed or underinformed of health consequences or may have attempted change many times and lost confidence that quitting is possible. Appears unmotivated or resistant to change.

Thinking About Quitting: A stage of contemplation. Intends to change in the next 6 months. Aware of pros and cons of changes. Profound ambivalence or behavioral procrastination can develop as the person balances the pros and cons.

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