Resources to Quit Tobacco
Making the decision to stop smoking, or to stop using another form of tobacco, is one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself.
Quitting isn't easy, but the health benefits are worth the effort. Group Health is committed to helping you. Check out the programs, articles, and interactive tools below.
Programs and Other Resources
Quit For LifeŽ Program: Group Health recommends this program which is five times more likely to help you quit than going cold turkey. Individual phone counseling and group programs are offered, along with Web tools and other support strategies.
Group Health members' benefits plans may help cover tobacco-cessation products used in the program, such as gum, patches, and medications. To check what's covered in your plan, contact Customer Service.
Join a research study: Learn more about ongoing research studies. Research participants can often receive free treatment and assistance quitting smoking.
Quitline.com: Sponsored by the Washington State Department of Health, this site offers tools and support services to help you quit tobacco.
Resource Line: Our Resource Line has more resources on how to quit tobacco and information about community services.
Articles and Interactive Tools
Quitting Smoking: This article offers interactive tools to help you see if you're really ready to quit. Calculate how much smoking is costing you in money and reduced lifespan.
Pregnant? It's Time to Stop Smoking: Not only does smoking hurt a mother-to-be, smoking can harm the fetus. Secondhand smoke also is very harmful to children.
Tips for Quitting: These guidelines can help you prepare to quit. Find ways to break your habits associated with tobacco.
Health Benefits of Quitting
When you stop using tobacco, the health benefits start right away and increase over time.
- 20 minutes: Heart rate and blood pressure drop.
- 12 hours: Carbon monoxide in the blood drops to a normal level.
- 2 weeks to 3 months: Circulation improves and lung function increases.
- 1 to 9 months: Reduced coughing, shortness of breath, and risk of infection.
- 1 year: Risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's.
- 5 years: Risk of stroke is reduced.
- 10 years: Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease.