How do I get through the rough spots after I stop smoking?
Check out this motion graphic showing the healing process over time the body makes after one quits smoking.
Be tobacco free! Don't use tobacco in any form. If you are using tobacco, the VA can help you quit. Avoid secondhand smoke. If you are pregnant, both you and your baby will benefit when you quit using tobacco.
Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health and protect the health of your family members. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Using tobacco causes many diseases and affects your overall health. Quitting smoking or other forms of tobacco has benefits in the short- and long-term for you and your loved ones. It's never too late to quit, as your health will improve at any age after quitting tobacco use.
Smoking may be linked to more diseases and more deaths than previously estimated, according to a new study led by American Cancer Society researchers. Read more about this report from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Get the facts about chewing tobacco and other forms of smokeless tobacco. They're more harmful and addictive than you might think.
You can call chewing tobacco by whatever name you want — smokeless tobacco, spit tobacco, chew, snuff, pinch or dip — but don't call it harmless. Whether you use chewing tobacco or other types of smokeless tobacco because you like it or because you think smokeless is a safe way to use tobacco, be forewarned — chewing tobacco can cause serious health problems.
Read more from the Mayo Clinic
Texas Quitline Can Help Tobacco Users Quit
The state’s Quitline is ready to take calls from people looking for help to quit that habit.
The Texas Department of State Health Services encourages people who are ready to quit, or are thinking about quitting, to seek assistance and advice by calling the Texas Quitline at 1-877-YES QUIT or visiting www.yesquit.org. Quitline services are available in English and Spanish.
Callers to the Quitline, which uses the American Cancer Society’s Quit for Life Program, receive free, confidential counseling services and personalized tools and strategies from trained professionals to help them quit.
The www.yesquit.org website has tips, success stories, motivational videos and an online community of people dedicated to quitting and encouraging others to stick to it. People can create an online quitting plan that helps them take steps toward a tobacco-free life.
The Texas Quitline was first offered in 2001 and serves about 10,000 people a year. The U.S. Public Health Service’s clinical practice guidelines say that Quitline counseling can more than double a smoker’s chances of quitting.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable and premature death in the United States.
Source: Department of State Health Services
Did you know that there are over 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke with hundreds of toxic chemicals and about 70 that can cause cancer? Check out a list of some of the harmful chemicals smokers and non-smokers could potentially breathe in.
Did you know that there is such a thing as thirdhand smoke - the smoke residue left on hair, skin, clothes, furniture, drapes, walls, bedding, carpets, dust, vehicles and other surfaces, even long after smoking has stoppedLearn more about thirdhand smoke and how it can also be harmful.