December 28, 2011
The New Year brings reflection on our lives and the personal changes we can make to feel better.
Quitting smoking tops the list of New Year’s resolutions—and for good reason. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease, disability, and premature death in the United States. Moreover, each year, about 70% of adult smokers in the U.S. report they want to quit completely.
You can make 2012 your year to be tobacco free, and in doing so make one of the most important steps in living a healthier life.
The science is clear—smokers who quit now greatly reduce serious risks to their health. Within a few hours of stopping smoking, the level of carbon monoxide in a person’s blood begins to decline. Within a few weeks, people who quit smoking have improved circulation. Within several months of quitting, people can expect substantial improvements in lung function.
Quitting smoking reduces the risk of cancer and other diseases, such as heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), caused by smoking. People who quit smoking, regardless of their age, are less likely than those who continue to smoke to die from smoking-related illness.
A Healthy Start to 2012
As you make your New Year’s resolutions, please consider the health benefits of living tobacco-free and:
- If you use tobacco products, commit to becoming tobacco free.
- Encourage and support your friends and loved ones to use the resources below to set a quit date and quit.
- Take FDA’s pledge to support retailers who follow the law and do not sell tobacco products to minors.
While quitting tobacco can be difficult, you can increase your chance of success with help. Please visit our federal partners’ quitting resources for free, evidence-based information and support:
1-800-QUIT-NOW: A free, phone-based service with educational materials and coaches that can help you quit smoking or chewing tobacco.
Smoking Cessation : CDC 2012 feature on quitting smoking this year.
Smokefree.gov : The federal site dedicated to helping you quit.
Teen.Smokefree.gov : The federal site dedicated to helping Tweens quit.
Smokefree QuitGuide App : An app for your smartphone developed by the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute.
Quit Tobacco : Make Everyone Proud: For military personnel and their families.
Quit Smoking : Guides to help you quit smoking.
Tobacco Cessation : You Can Quit Smoking Now!: From the Surgeon General.
You Can Quit Smoking : CDC consumer guide.
Posted: December 28, 2011