Smoking increases your risk for heart disease. It damages the walls of your arteries and leads to plaque buildup. It also reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood and raises your heart rate and your blood pressure.
Prepare to Quit
- Pick a quit date no more than 2 weeks away.
- Write it down. Tell your family and friends you’re quitting. Ask for their support.
- Ask your doctor about quit-smoking products (such as patches or gum). These can help lessen your urge to smoke
The The Day You Quite and After:
- Be active. Go for a long walk, garden, go dancing. Do anything that gets your body moving.
- Drink a lot of water and juice, but stay away from alcohol and caffeine.
- Chew sugarless gum to curb your hunger. Brush your teeth after every meal. Your teeth will feel clean so you won’t want to smoke.
- Plan a special celebration for yourself.
- Eat your favorite meal, go to a movie, or spend time with a non-smoking friend.
- Toss out all your cigarettes.
- Hide or give away your ashtrays and lighters.
- Ask friends and family not to smoke around you.
- Try to avoid places where smoking is allowed.