Friday, December 28, 2012

Commit to Quit Tobacco for 2013

This year, commit to quit tobacco. Quitting smoking or tobacco is one of the best ways to improve your health. But it can be challenging. Most people make multiple attempts to quit. That's because nicotine is a very addictive drug. But don't give up trying just because you haven't succeeded in the past. Breathe easier, have more energy and live a longer, healthier life. Set yourself up for success with free resources to quit using tobacco for good. Quitting tobacco is the most important New Year's resolution you'll ever make. 

Be inspired: Tips from former smokers

Beatrice describes some of the techniques she used to recognize and avoid her smoking triggers.

James describes a moment he had with his roommate after he decided to stop smoking.

Feel your health improve immediately after quitting tobacco

  • Within 20 minutes after quitting, your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
  • Within 12 hours, your carbon monoxide levels in the blood decrease. 
  • As soon as two weeks, your circulation and lung functions improve. 
After quitting, you can breathe easier, have more energy and feel better. 

Long-term health benefits of quitting include lowering your risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke and increasing your overall health and life-span. 

Call the Colorado QuitLine: 1.800.QUIT.NOW (1-800-784-8669)

Celebrating 10 years of service, the Colorado QuitLine offers a free telephone coaching service to quit using tobacco. Along with personalized coaching, the service provides a free supply of nicotine patches or gum. Colorado residents can call 1 800 QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669). Additional resources are available at and

Get a step-by-step guide to quitting offers tools and resources that suit your needs including a step-by-step quit guide.Here's an overview:

Before you quit, START by taking these five important steps:

S = Set a quit date.

T = Tell family, friends and coworkers that you plan to quit.

A = Anticipate and plan for the challenges you'll face while quitting.

R = Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car and work.

T = Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit. And, talk to a Quit Coach at Colorado QuitLine, 1.800.QUIT.NOW (1-800-784-8669).

Use other tailored tools to quit

SmokefreeTXT is a mobile service designed especially for teens and young adults. SmokefreeTXT provides 24/7 encouragement, advice and tips to help tobacco users stop using tobacco for good. is a Spanish-language quitting site. 

SmokeFreeWomen is designed specifically for women who are quitting tobacco and include topics such as relationships and smoking, pregnancy, depression, stress, secondhand smoke and weight management.  

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