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Website Helps Smokers Quit

Website Helps Smokers Quit

WASHINGTON (UPI) — A new, comprehensive website gives one-stop access to the latest evidence-based methods on how to quit smoking, U.S. officials say.

Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said quitting smoking is one of the best things anyone can do to improve health.

The U.S. surgeon general said within 12 hours of the last cigarette, carbon monoxide levels in the blood returns to normal. Within one year of quitting, the excess risk of heart disease is half that of a person who continues to smoke.

Secondhand smoke has more than 50 chemicals that are known to cause cancer in adults and cause lung disease and heart disease in people who have never smoked.

The website — — has interactive features, mobile apps, tools and resources designed specifically for parents, educators and teens.

You can START the process by:

  • S: Setting a quit date. Pick a date within the next two weeks to allow time for preparation, but not so much time to lose determination.
  • T: Telling others about your plan to quit.
  • A: Anticipating the challenges ahead. Be prepared for situations when you will be tempted to smoke.
  • R: Removing cigarettes from your home, car and work. Clean your car, get rid of lighters and ashtrays and have your teeth cleaned.
  • T: Talking to your doctor about getting help to quit. A nicotine patch or nicotine gum can be purchased, but others require a prescription.

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  • Chester

    When I quit, the LAST thing I did was eliminate all smoking materials. I did substitute a different habit for the cigarettes, which is something no one mentions, or if mentioned, is flat out condemned as not being a “Fair Quit.” In my opinion, any quit that lasts ten years or more is a “Fair Quit”, especially since I know it more than likely saved MY life. One heart attack was more than sufficient reason to find a way off tobacco,

  • carol814

    I think there should be a website to teach people never to start smoking because these are the things that could happened to you if you decide to smoke.

    Also on this website people should be taught what secondary smoke could do to your family members and friends friends and your pets and so much more.

    Bottom line this website should teach everyone NOT TO START SMOKING because the dangers of smoking in very simple terms.

    It is death nail to you and everyone around you and that is a fact.


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