Think you can’t quit smoking? Here’s how!

What are the benefits of quitting smoking?

Quitting smoking can lower your chances of getting or dying from heart disease, lung disease, or cancer.  It can also lower your chances of getting osteoporosis, a condition that makes your bones weak.

Quitting smoking will improve your health no matter how old you are, and no matter how long or how much you have smoked.

What should I do if I want to quit smoking?

The letters in the word “START” can help you remember the steps to take:

S = Set a quit date.

T = Tell family, friends, and the people around you that you plan to quit.

A = Anticipate or plan ahead for the tough times you’ll face while quitting.

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

T = Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.

How can my doctor or nurse help?

They can give you advice on the best way to quit, or put in in touch with counsellors, or other people you can call for support. Plus your doctor can prescribe medications to reduce cravings and unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal when you stop smoking.

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