Ways to quit smoking: take action

The benefits of smoking cessation are clear: only 20 minutes after a smoker’s last cigarette, blood pressure and heart rate start to return to normal. Yet millions of smokers find it virtually impossible to quit. Are you one of them?

Take action:
These tips will help you kick the habit: make a list of all of the health benefits of quitting for yourself and those around you; replace smoking with healthier habits, such as having a low-fat snack or a cup of tea with your newspaper, instead of a cigarette; surround yourself with non-smokers; have a friend or family member ready to call when you need support; ask your doctor for ways to help you quit, including tips on which smoking cessation aids are safest; and set a goal date for quitting. 

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