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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.

Quit smoking help in Lorain County


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)
Ohio Quitline is for those who are uninsured, on Medicaid, or pregnant. It is also available through several major health insurance providers in the state. Call to see if you are eligible. 

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: