Motivating to Quit

Motivating to Quit

Whether you've tried to quit smoking before or this is your first time, you probably know that smoking is a deadly habit. In fact, smoking kills almost half a million Americans every year, causing nearly one of every five deaths in the United States. Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in our society. Even in the face of this reality, many people continue to smoke – not because they don’t want to stop, but because continuing to smoke seems easier than trying to quit. But however difficult it may be, when you quit smoking, you give up a familiar habit, and in return you gain your health and your life. When you quit smoking, you are not only making important lifestyle changes for yourself, your family, and others around you, but also, you are making personal mindset changes that will help you live tobacco-free.

The fact that you are reading this means that you may be ready or maybe you've begun to think about quitting. Did you know that 46 million Americans have already quit smoking? You can do it too.

In this section, learn about motivating to quit. Discover the benefits of quitting, read questions to think about, and review concerns about quitting, including what you can do to help get through common obstacles like weight gain, stress, and nicotine withdrawal.

Smoking Fact

When you quit smoking, your risk of stroke decreases steadily. Former smokers have the same stroke risk as nonsmokers after 5 to 15 years.