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Congratulations! You are taking the first steps toward giving up smoking.
There is no better time to quit:
Millions have quit smoking and you can quit, too. Given the RIT Smoke Restricted Initiative, there is no better time to quit, even if you've thought about quitting before, tried to quit or successfully quit in the past and startedagain.Remember, if at first you don't succeed, quit, quit again! and hey, keep in mind that 89% of RIT students don't smoke cigarettes, so you'll have a lot of support!
The Bottom Line:
Tobacco is a carrier for the highly addictive drug nicotine. Once your body gets a taste for nicotine it can quickly become a life long addiction, with extremely fatal consequences.Smoking tobacco and smokeless tobacco are both carriers of the highly addictive drug nicotine. Once your body gets a taste for nicotine, it can easily become a life-long addiction, with highly fatal consequences. Although quitting can be difficult at any age, the good news is that by giving up tobacco for life, you can drastically improve your health and reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease and other life-threatening diseases associated with tobacco use.
Physical benefits of quitting:
From the American Cancer Society
20 minutes after quitting
Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
12 hours after quitting
The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
2 weeks to 3 months after quitting
Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
1 to 9 months after quitting
Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) start to regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.
1 year after quitting
The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker’s.
2-5 years after quitting
Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker. Stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker.
10 years after quitting
The risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. The risk of cancer of the larynx (voice box) and pancreas decreases.
15 years after quitting
The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker’s.
These are just a few of the benefits of quitting smoking for good. Quitting smoking lowers the risk of diabetes, lets blood vessels work better, and helps the heart and lungs. Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke.
Resources for quitting:
Make an appointment for individual smoking cessation meetings, resources and support through Student Wellness , Karen Pelc, alcohol & drug counselor :
Schedule and appointment with Student Health Center clinician to discuss your health and quitting:
585-475-2255 or go to rit.edu/studenthealth
Wellness Smoking Cessation class : How to Become Smoke Free
Family and friends: Social support is probably the most valuable resource! Ask for what you need - encouragement, congratulations, company. If you know someone else who wants to quit, try a buddy system.