Smoking really is terrible for your heart – so, if you are a smoker, quitting is one of the best ways you can improve your health. Smoking makes your heart work harder and makes it more difficult to breathe.
It’s not easy to quit smoking, particularly if you have been a smoker for a long time, but it will make a big difference in the quality of your life.
Here are some tips on how to find the support you need to quit smoking once and for all:
- Learn how to eat healthy and avoid the common problem of gaining weight when you quit smoking: https://smokefree.gov/eat-healthier
- Check out these ideas on getting and staying fit, which will be much more satisfying when you are no longer a smoker! https://smokefree.gov/get-active
- Go here to get help on managing the stress, anxiety and depression that many people feel when they quit smoking: https://smokefree.gov/manage-your-mood
- Sign up to receive free text messages that provide advice, support and keep you focused on your goal: https://smokefree.gov/smokefreetxt
Contact organizations to find out about local resources and programs. Three good ones to try are:
- The American Cancer Society
- The American Heart Association
- Centers for Disease Control: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)