Health Benefits Of Quitting

Quitting tobacco is beneficial at any age.

Quitting smoking and vaping can be difficult because nicotine is
addicting, but it’s one of the most important things you can do to
improve your health. Even if you have smoked for many years or
have smoked heavily, stopping now can still lead to many
important health benefits. Just within 20 minutes of quitting your
heart rate slows.

Health Benefits of Quitting Tobacco

IMPROVES life expectancy
IMPROVES oral health
RESULTS in clearer skin and less wrinkling
DECREASES risk of cardiovascular diseases
LOWERS risk of cancer and COPD
BENEFITS pregnant women and their babies
REDUCES the risk of cognitive decline including dementia
PROTECTS friends, family and pets from secondhand smoke

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Smoking may cause COPD, cerebrovascular disease, stroke, coronary heart disease and increase your risk for dementia. See how else smoking affects your heart, lung and brain health.

Smoking raises your risk of developing dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, since it harms the vascular system and blood flow to the brain.

Smoking damages blood vessels, making it harder for blood to pump through the body and to the brain. Smoking may cause cerebrovascular disease, stroke and coronary heart disease, which increase your risk for dementia.

Quitting smoking is one of seven lifestyle changes, known as Life’s Simple 8, that research has shown improves heart and brain health.

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Boost Your Mental Health

Individuals who have behavioral health conditions are more likely to smoke than individuals without these conditions. Smoking can make mental health conditions worse and may interact with medications. Individuals with behavioral health conditions who smoke are four times more likely to die prematurely than those who do not smoke. Quitting smoking, even if you have smoked for many years or have smoked heavily, can still lead to many mental health improvements.

Quitting smoking and vaping now can:

LOWER anxiety
DECREASE stress levels
IMPROVE quality of life
INCREASE positive mood

Start Your Quit Journey

After you stop smoking, your body begins a series of positive changes. Some take place right away while others continue to improve over a series of weeks, months and years.

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