Smoking Cessation

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death. It increases your risk for serious health problems, such as:

Your Brain on Nicotine

Quitting smoking is hard because nicotine addiction causes your brain to create receptors that crave nicotine. Certain behaviors will trigger the receptors and cause you to want to smoke.

Second- and Thirdhand Smoke

Smoking doesn’t just affect your health. Nonsmokers around you breathe in the same toxic chemicals, which is called secondhand smoke. Your smoking also exposes the people around you to thirdhand smoke, which is the harmful chemicals that cling to hair, skin, clothes, furniture, walls, carpet and other surfaces. Second- and thirdhand smoke can cause serious health problems such as asthma, a heart attack or stroke, and lung cancer.

Chewing Tobacco and E-Cigarettes

Smokeless tobacco products, including chew, and vaping devices, such as e-cigarettes, are not good alternatives to cigarettes. Chew allows the soft tissues in your mouth to absorb tobacco. Vaping allows nicotine, flavorings and unknown chemicals into the body, especially the lungs.

In addition to causing many of the same health problems as cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products may also lead to gum disease and cancers of the mouth, esophagus and pancreas. Vaping can cause serious lung damage and affect brain development, memory and concentration.