Smoking and Vaping Cessation



Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. Based on 2018 data, about 34 million US adults smoke cigarettes. Every day, about 1,600 young people under age 18 years smoke their first cigarette, and nearly 200 begin smoking cigarettes daily. Over 16 million people live with at least one disease caused by smoking, and 58 million nonsmoking Americans are exposed to secondhand smoke. – CDC

Benefits of Quitting:

The sooner you quit, the sooner your body can begin to heal. - CDC


Benefits of Quitting Timeline:

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


Vaping/e-cigarette is not a healthier, safer or better alternative to smoking. - AHA

Vaping Quiz:

1. Which of the following is a risk to youth and young adult who use nicotine?


A. Depression, enxiety, and other mood disorders

B. Nicotine addiction

C. Difficulty paying attention and concentrating

D. Reduced impulse control

E. All of the above


2. More than 6 of 10 youth believe that ocational use of  e-cigarettes causes only little or some harm.


A. True

B. False


3. Which of the following are reasons youth and young adults use e-cigarettes?


A. Availability of e-cigarettes in candy, fruit, and alcohol flavers.      

B. Belief that e-cigarettes are safe

C. Curiocity

D. All of the above


Answer: 1. E, 2. A, 3. D


Please click here for more information. (surgeon the Facts)

10 Tips to Quit Smoking/Vaping

 California Smorkers' Helpline

  1. Find a reason to quit
  2. Make a plan
  3. List your triggers
  4. Learn how to handle cravings
  5. Get support
  6. Take control of your environment
  7. Set a quit day
  8. Quit on a quit day
  9. Think positively
  10. Keep trying


Other helpful tip: Research shows that a single call increases the chance of quitting. Call 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-66-28887) or 1-844-8-NO-VAPE (1-844-8-66-8273). Or you can text "No Smokes" or "No Vapes" to 66819.

Helpful Resources:

California Smorkers' Helpline Home or directly visit Quit Smoking/Quit Vaping Home

CDC Smoking and Tobacco Use

American Heart Association Vaping/Quit Smoking/Tobacco

Know The Risks E-Cigarettes and Young People - Office of the Surgeon General (OSG)


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