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Step 1: Are You Ready To Quit?

Most smokers say they want to quit. So how do you move from wanting to quit to actually quitting? First, you must decide the motivation behind your reasons for wanting to quit. You cannot quit because someone else wants you to – you have to do it for yourself. Think of the reasons why you would be better off without a cigarette in your hand.

Step 1: Are You Ready To Quit?  

  • Second Hand Smoke & Children

    Each year, exposure to second-hand smoke causes 150,000 to 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections (such as pneumonia and bronchitis) in U.S. infants and children younger than 18 months of age.

  • Reasons For Quitting: You Have To Want To Quit

    Chances are you want to quit smoking. More than 15 million Americans have managed to quit smoking in the past 10 years, and you can too!

  • The Facts

    Knowing all the facts will help you make an informed decision about whether or not you’re ready to quit. You’re probably familiar with a lot of the facts that are presented here, but you may find something new that will help motivate you to quit — for good.

  • Ever Wonder What Exactly Is In Cigarette Smoke?

    You might be surprised — cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemical substances, many of which are poisonous and are known to cause cancer in humans. Tobacco companies don’t have to list the ingredients of their cigarettes.

  • The Three Big Ingredients In Cigarette Smoke

    Nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide are the three main ingredients in cigarette smoke.

  • It’s Never Too Late To Quit

    If you are like most smokers, you know all of the reasons for quitting. You’ve heard them over and over, you probably even agree that they all make sense.

  • Common Concerns

    “If I quit now it will probably be too late.” It’s never too late! Your body has a great capacity to fix itself. Within a year, your risk of smoking related heart disease will be cut in half.

  • Reasons For Smoking

    Do you smoke out of habit or to have something in your hands? to celebrate or calm down?

  • Health Reasons For Quitting

    Most people are troubled by the effect smoking has on their health or the health of those they love.

  • More Reasons For Quitting

    Are cigarettes too expensive? Does the smell bother you? Do you feel out of place? Do you want to set a good example for your children?

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