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Are you ready to quit?
Tobacco use is one of the biggest threats to you and your family’s health. Smoking and secondhand smoke are the leading causes of heart disease, lung disease, and cancer related death. In order to improve your health and protect the health of others around you, here are three easy ways to find support to quit for good.
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Quitting smoking is worth it...
for your health
The effects of quitting smoking start right away. Within 20 minutes of your last cigarette, your heart rate drops. And after one year, your added risk of heart disease is half that of smoker’s. Changes that improve your health continue for years.
for your wallet
The yearly amount that the average adult smoker in Illinois would save by quitting is $1,740. Imagine what you could do with all of that money.
and your loved ones
When you smoke around your loved ones, it’s like they are smoking. There is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke. A brief exposure can be harmful to health.
Breaking the habit is hard
It generally takes the average person five to seven tries to quit smoking for good. Don’t give up, and be a Forever Quitter. To help you quit for good, here are five tips.
- Identify triggers
- Distract yourself
- Reward yourself
- Manage your cravings
- Manage stress
You can do it
Join the 453,412 residents of suburban Cook County that have quit smoking.