Be a Quitter (and a Winner)

Ready to take the plunge and give up the cigs or the chew? If you’ve tried to quit before, you know it’s not easy. The good news? You can log on to StayWell Online and enroll in a tobacco cessation program that will help you win your fight to quit tobacco.

The prize for quitting is nothing to wheeze at. Smokers who quit experience the following benefits:

  • 20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
  • 12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • Two weeks to three months after quitting: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
  • One year after quitting: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.
  • Five to 15 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker.

Source: American Cancer Society