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Listing: Stop Smoking - Cessation


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Reviewed Date

Feb 12, 2024

Life Without Nicotine


According to the American Lung Association, within an hour of quitting vape or cigarette smoking your body begins to repair from the damage. Some of the immediate benefits that are felt are a lower heart rate, lower carbon monoxide in your body, and lowers the risk of a heart attack and stroke. The benefits continue to grow for each hour and day you abstain from this habit. The below resources will assist you in this journey.

Call a Smoking Quitline
A trained counselor can help you stop smoking or stay on track.


American Lung Association- Quit Smoking
Help stopping smoking or vaping


AHRQ- Smoking Cessation Evidence and Resources
Cigarette smoking accounts for one out of every five deaths and is estimated to increase the risk for heart disease and stroke by two to four times.

HELP for Smokers and Tobacco Users
Telephone: (301) 427-1364


CDC How to Quit Smoking

  1. Quit Lines - call someone
  2. Use the CDC quitStart app
  3. Sign up for free texts from CDC
  4. Make a quit plan
  5. Find a support group
  6. Manage your cravings

Tips from former Smokers:

CDC - Smoking Cessation Fast Facts Sheet 

Phone: 1-800-CDC-INFO


IL Department of Public Health - Smoke Free IL
Hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday through Saturday.


NIH- Quiting Smoking for Older Adults 
National Institute on Aging



Respiratory Health Association
1440 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607,
Phone: 1-888-880-LUNG(5864), Email:







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