Tobacco Prevention Program
Tobacco Program Specialist 239-332-9514
Tobacco Program Consultant 239-332-9651
Nicotine: A Powerful Addiction
If you have tried to quit smoking, you know how hard it can be. This is because nicotine is a very addictive drug. For some people, it can be as addictive as heroine or cocaine. Usually people make four to seven quit attempts before finally being able to quit for life.
Good Reasons for Quitting
- Quitting is one of the most important things you will ever do. Quitting will help you live longer and better.
- Quitting will lower your chances of having a heart attack, stroke or cancer.
- Quitting will improve your chances of having a healthy baby.
- Quitting will make the people you live with, especially your children, healthier.
- Quitting will give you extra money to spend on things other than cigarettes.
A Body Changes…
When You Quit Smoking
|Within 20 minutes||Blood Pressure and pulse rate decreases Body temperature of hands and feet increases|
|Within 24-48 hours||Chance of heart attack decreases Ability to smell and taste improves|
|Within 2 weeks - 3 months||Circulation improves|
Walking becomes easier
|Within 1 to 9 months||Coughing symptoms decrease|
Sinus congestion, fatigue, & shortness of breath decrease
|Within 1 year||Risk of heart disease drops by half|
|Within 5 – 15 years||Risk for stroke reduced to level of those who never smoked|
|Within 10 years||Lung, mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas cancers also decrease|
|Within 15 years||Heart disease rates similar to those who never smoked|
5 Key Steps for Quitting
1. Get Ready. Set a quit date!
2. Get Support. Talk to family, friends, and your healthcare provider. Individual, group or telephone counseling is only a free call away (1-877-822-6669)
3. Learn New Skills and Behaviors. Change your routine!
4. Get Medication and Use it Correctly. Ask your healthcare provider for advice
5. Be Prepared for Relapses or Difficult Situations. Don’t be discouraged if you start smoking again.
Secondhand Smoke Stinks for Everyone...
Secondhand smoke hurts kids! It can cause:
- ear infections
- asthma attacks
- increase chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (S.I.D.S.).
So, if you smoke perhaps its time to consider quitting by calling Florida Quit Lifeline at
1-877-822-6669 or call the Florida Department of Health in Lee County at 1-239-332-9514.
Students Working Against Tobacco
Students Working Against Tobacco is an anti-tobacco student advocacy program.
Be Active! Be Strong! Join SWAT!
Links to help you or your loved one with tobacco addiction: