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How to Quit Smoking

If you are ready to improve your health by quitting smoking there are people who can help.

Benefits and milestones of quitting
Find help to quit smoking in Lorain County
Talk to your healthcare provider
Virtual counseling options
Tobacco fact sheets to share
More resources

Talk to your healthcare provider about quitting. They can connect you to:

  • Over-the-counter remedies
  • Prescription medicine
  • Benefits and Milestones of Quitting

Benefits and Milestones of Quitting

According to the American Heart Association and the U.S. Surgeon General, this is how your body starts to recover from smoking:

  • In your first 20 minutes after quitting: your blood pressure and heart rate recover from the cigarette-induced spike.
  • After 12 hours of smoke-free living: the carbon monoxide levels in your blood return to normal.
  • After two weeks to three months of smoke-free living: your circulation and lung function begin to improve.
  • After one to nine months of smoke-free living: clear and deeper breathing gradually return as coughing and shortness of breath lessens; you regain the ability to cough productively instead of hacking, cleaning your lungs and reducing your risk of infection.
  • One year after quitting smoking: a person's risk of coronary heart disease is reduced by 50%.
  • Five to 15 years after quitting smoking: a person's risk of stroke is similar to that of a nonsmoker.
  • After 10 years of smoke-free living: your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a person who has continued to smoke. The risk of other cancers, such as throat, mouth, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decreases too.

Get help in Lorain County

Lorain County Community College (LCCC) supports a smoke-free campus and has staff who help students, community members, and staff develop a plan to quit tobacco for good. LCCC has Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS) staff to help you get started. Set up an appointment:

Mercy Health - Lorain Pulmonary

Mercy Foundation has a CTTS on staff and can provide individual or group cessation counseling. Call to make an appointment:


Virtual Counseling Options

Quitlines: Quitlines are free, telephone-based counseling programs that are available nationwide. Call to get teamed up with a trained counselor who helps you develop a strategy for quitting, or helps you stay on your current program.

Ohio Quitline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)    Ohio Quitline Spanish: 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569)
The Ohio Tobacco Quit Line is available free of charge to ALL Ohioans, regardless of insurance status or income. There is also a special program for pregnant women. Nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges are provided for up to eight weeks at no charge to eligible participants.

The My Life, My Quit program is a free and confidential service for teens who want help quitting all forms of tobacco including e-cigarettes. Coaches help teens develop a quit plan, identify triggers, practice refusal skills and receive ongoing support for changing behaviors. Teens should text "Start My Quit" to 855-891-9989. 

This is Quitting gives youth and young adults the motivation and support they need to ditch JUUL and other e-cigarettes. This free mobile program from Truth Initiative is designed to help young people quit e-cigarettes. Youth and young adults ages 13-24 should text DITCHJUUL to 88709. Parents of teens can enroll in their own support program by texting QUIT to (202) 899-7550.

National Cancer Institute’s Smoking Quitline: 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)

American Lung Association: 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872)
Registered nurses, respiratory therapists, certified tobacco treatment specialists, and counselors make up the American Lung Association helpline staff. They are ready to help with your lung health questions. Get detailed and accurate information about lung cancer, asthma, COPD, quitting tobacco, and multiple lung health topics.

QuitGuide: A free app that helps you understand your smoking patterns and build the skills needed to become and stay smokefree. Available for Apple and Android.


Fact sheets to share and learn:

More resources:

More on tobacco from your local health department: