Smoking harms the health of smokers and of nonsmokers who are exposed to tobacco smoke. Smoking causes nearly 1 out of every 5 deaths each year in the United States - more than 480,000 deaths. People who stop smoking experience immediate and long-term health benefits.
Wanting to Quit
About 70% of U.S. adult smokers report they want to quit. Most smokers are chemically dependent on the nicotine contained in tobacco. Nicotine is as addictive as heroin, cocaine, or alcohol. Most smokers have to try several times before they succeed in quitting for good.
Quitting with Help & a Plan
Studies show that smokers are much more likely to succeed in quitting if they work with a trained quit-smoking counselor to make a personalized plan for quitting. Important parts of a quit plan include getting support from friends, family, and/or on-line communities, along with correctly using quit-smoking medication. Everyone who lives in Minnesota can get free help to quit smoking.