Quit Tobacco

What are the immediate benefits of quitting smoking and/or chewing?

  • Hair, clothing, and breath will not smell.
  • You will have money for things other than cigarettes/smokeless tobacco.
  • Your complexion will improve.
  • You will not have to leave restaurants, parties, and people’s houses to smoke.
  • Within 20 minutes, your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal.
  • In 24 hours, your risk of heart attack starts to drop.
  • In two days, your senses of smell and taste improve.
  • In three days, breathing gets easier and lung capacity increases.
  • Within two weeks to three months, your circulation gets better.
  • Within one to nine months, coughing, sinus problems, and shortness of breath decrease, and you have more energy.

Tips to help you stop smoking

  • Set a date to quit
  • Remove cigarettes, ashtrays matches, and lighters from your home, purse, and car
  • Keep a supply of low calorie snacks handy
  • Spend more time around people who do not smoke
  • Tell everyone you are going to stop smoking
  • Plan what you will do instead of smoking

For more information on quitting smoking, visit www.healthysd.gov.