Nearly 20 percent of Minnesota’s adults smoke cigarettes, and 51 percent of them tried to quit in 2010. Tobacco users can, and do, quit. In fact, there are now more former smokers than current smokers.
- What are the benefits to quitting?
- Where can I go for help?
- Where can I find more information?
There are many benefits to quitting. Below are just a few.
Looking and feeling better
Tobacco use is not only addictive, it increases the risks of many tobacco-related health effects and is the single greatest preventable cause of death in Minnesota and the nation. However, quitting can significantly reduce these risks. What's more, the human body begins to heal within just minutes of quitting:
Additionally, quitting may help prevent bad breath, stained teeth, and premature wrinkles, which are also associated with smoking.
Protecting family and friends from the dangers of secondhand smoke
Secondhand smoke causes early death and disease in both children and adults who do not smoke. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke; even brief exposure can be harmful. Children and infants exposed to secondhand smoke may experience:
- A greater risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Frequent and severe asthma attacks.
- Respiratory infections, like pneumonia or bronchitis.
- Respiratory symptoms like coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
- Ear infections.
After quitting, money normally spent on tobacco products, like a pack of cigarettes, could be spent on other things, such as home repairs, new shoes or clothes, or a much-needed vacation. Additionally, quitting now may help prevent costly medical bills down the road.How much do cigarettes cost you? Find out using this Quit Smoking Calculator from QUITPLAN.
Visit quitplan.com or call 1-888-354-PLAN (7526).
Asian Smokers' Quitline
This is a free program to help smokers quit. Services include self-help materials, a referral list of other programs, one-on-one counseling over the phone, and a free two-week starter kit of nicotine patches. Visit asiansmokersquitline.org.
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe - Tobacco Cessation Services
This program offers support services including one-on-one office visits, home visits, and phone counseling, as well as educational materials and incentives to all Mille Lacs Band Of Ojibwe community members.
Contact Becky Swansey, LPN, at 320-532-7760 or becky.swansey@HHS.millelacsband-nsn.gov for more information.
Smokefree Teen helps teens take control of their health. It offers free support for quitting, including their QuitSTART smartphone app. Visit Teen.Smokefree.gov.
Smokefree Women is intended to help you or someone you care about quit smoking and is designed to try to provide information about topics that are often important to women. Topics include pregnancy and motherhood, stress and mood, and weight management. Visit Women.Smokefree.gov.
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota: 1-888-662-BLUE (2583)
- BlueLink: 1-888-662-BLUE (2583)
- CCStpa: 1-888-662-QUIT (7848)
- HealthPartners: 1-800-311-1052
- Medica: 1-800-934-4824
- Metropolitan Health Plan (MHP): 1-888-354-PLAN (7526)
- Mayo Clinic Health Systems Mankato: 1-888-288-1881
- Mayo Medical Plan: 1-888-288-1881
- MMSI: 1-888-642-5566
- PreferredOne: 1-866-QUIT-4-LIFE
- PrimeWest Health: 1-800-474-3186
- South Country Health Alliance: 1-800-504-3451
- UCare: 1-888-642-5566
The benefits of quitting
- 18 Ways Smoking Affects Your Health - Smokefree.Gov
- Reasons to Quit - QUITPLAN Services
- Smoking Affects You - Smokefree.Gov
- The Real Cost: Health Costs (PDF: 380KB/1 page) - FDA
Tips and tools for quitting
- Getting free patches, gum or lozenges - QUITPLAN Services
- Conquer Stress - Smokefree.Gov
- Is weight gain inevitable after you quit smoking? - Mayo Clinic
- Downloadable Quit Guide - QUITPLAN Services
- Have you built a quit plan? - Smokefree.Gov
- Quit Tips - CDC
- Tips from Former Smokers - CDC
- Information on Quitting Smoking - CDC