Smoking Cessation and Tobacco Control Resources

Quitting smoking has wide-ranging benefits for individuals, families and communities. Find more information about the benefits of quitting and resources to help you leave tobacco behind for good. 

Smoking causes many health problems and can potentially lead to life-threatening diseases like lung cancer. The best way to protect your health is to quit using tobacco. 

Despite the damage smoking causes, quitting can make a world of difference. According to the American Cancer Society, 

WITHIN MINUTES OF SMOKING YOUR LAST CIGARETTE, YOUR BODY BEGINS TO RECOVER.

For many people, however, quitting tobacco can prove to be a daunting, almost insurmountable challenge. But luckily, there are many resources available to assist one in a quitting journey. 

On this page, you will find information related to the benefits of quitting tobacco, as well as links to helpful resources that can assist you or a patient you're treating to let go of tobacco addiction for good. 

BENEFITS TO QUITTING

There are many benefits to quitting smoking or using tobacco, some of which include:

  • Lowering your risk of diabetes; 
  • Stronger bones and muscles;
  • Your sense of smell returns to normal;
  • Lower cholesterol; 
  • Reduces risk of digestive diseases such as Crohn's disease;
  • Reducing hypertension; and 
  • Protecting your heart and lungs.

On average, life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than that of non-smokers. 

Resources for Tobacco Users

HELP YOUR PATIENT QUIT USING TOBACCO


Health care providers play a fundamental role in helping their patients quit smoking or using tobacco products. Quitting tobacco can often be difficult and require the support of the tobacco user's family, friends and medical professionals. 

The following resources can you help you converse with your patients about quitting tobacco and equip them with the tools to succeed:


SMOKING CESSATION AND TOBACCO CONTROL POLICY


Smoking and tobacco use is one of the leading causes of preventable death throughout the world.

Tobacco use varies significantly by country. Over the past couple of decades, smoking rates have declined significantly in the developed world, shifting overwhelmingly to developing countries and subsequently increasing the health costs these countries must bear.