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TTY: 1-866-228-4327


It’s Worth Thinking About.

Maybe smoking has not yet give you coughing attacks, or taken your breath away when you climb the stairs, but now is the best time to, before it does.

Every day, scientists uncover new health  hazards related to smoking, but your reasons for quitting are most important.

If you are thinking about quitting, remember: making a decision to quit is one of the most important things for youyr health. 

Smoking is responsible for:

  • 480,000 deaths per year in the United States.
  • Nearly six million deaths per year worldwide.
  • Thinking about quitting?

    Smoking is the single greatest cause of preventable illness and death.

    Each year it snuffs out more lives than AIDS, illegal drugs, alcohol, fires, car accidents, murders and suicides combined.

    And yet nearly a quarter of all adults in Texas still smoke. In fact, one of them will die in the next 22 minutes.

    You know smoking is harmful, and you’ve taken the right step in thinking about quitting.

    Allow Nothing to Get in Your Way

    Here are a few common thoughts and their underlying truths:

    “I’m under a lot of stress and smoking relaxes me.”

    Your body is used to nicotine, so you naturally feel more relaxed when you give your body a substance it’s come to depend on.

    But nicotine is, in fact, a stimulant: it raises your heart rate, blood pressure, and adrenaline level. In just a few weeks after quitting, you’ll feel much less stressed and nervous.

    “I smoke only safe, low-tar and low-nicotine cigarettes.”

    These cigarettes still contain harmful substances and many smokers who use them inhale more often and more deeply to maintain their nicotine intake. Studies show that carbon monoxide intake increases with a switch to low-tar cigarettes.

    “I’m worried about gaining weight.”

    Gaining weight isn’t for certain. Many tips are available to keep your weight stable. Ask your doctor, call the Texas Quitline at 1-877-YES-QUIT (1-877-937-7848), or visit www.yesquit.org.

    “It's part of my routine.”

    When something becomes a habit, it can seem hard to break the ritual. The key is to replace smoking with healthier habits. Instead of taking a mid-morning smoke break, go for a walk. Usually unwind after a long day with a smoke? Have a cup of tea instead or vent to a friend.

    Consider your loved ones

    • If you die prematurely from a smoking-related illness, who will do all the things you do for your family? Your family needs your emotional and financial support.
    • Infants born to smokers are at increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome and low birth weight.
    • Children exposed to secondhand smoke at home are more prone to colds, ear infections and allergies than children of non-smoking parents. Worse still, they are more likely to become smokers themselves.
    • Secondhand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer 30 percent.
    • Adults exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to have respiratory diseases and symptoms that lead to missed days at work.
    • Spouses of smokers have a higher risk of heart disease.

    Consider yourself

    When you quit smoking, you will:

    • Look better (no more yellow teeth and fingers, fewer wrinkles as you age)
    • Feel better (good-bye hacking cough, hello vitality)
    • Enjoy life more (flowers smell sweeter, food tastes better)
    • Cut your risk of heart disease, stroke, chronic bronchitis and emphysema
    • Save money (about $2,320 in a year if you smoke one pack a day)
    • Prevent fires (smoking is a major cause)
    • Be a safer driver (hands hold the wheel instead of cigarettes, better night vision)
    • Stop wasting time looking for a place to smoke
    • Be more productive at work and home
    • Have fewer colds and sick days
    • Go more places (restaurants, theaters, museums, sports arenas)
    • Be proud of yourself
    Last updated May 4, 2018