Be Tobacco- Free

No Smoking Sign

Being tobacco-free means avoiding all tobacco products, including:

  • Cigarettes
  • E-cigarettes
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Smokeless tobacco or “chew,” and

When people avoid tobacco, they help prevent almost all chronic diseases. When they quit smoking, they also help prevent chronic diseases for those around them.

Adopting a tobacco free lifestyle helps prevent chronic disease, improves lung function, reduces the risk of illness associated with secondhand smoke, and saves money.

Benefits of Quitting

  • 20 minutes after quitting...your heart rate drops.
  • 12 hours after quitting...the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting...your heart attack risk begins to drop, and your lung function begins to improve.
  • 1 to 9 months after quitting...your coughing and shortness of breath decreases.
  • 1 year after quitting...your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's risk.
  • 5 to 15 years after quitting...your stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker's.
  • 10 years after quitting...your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker's risk. Your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases.
  • 15 years after quitting...your risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of a nonsmoker's.

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