Take care of your smoking

On this page, you will find information and websites to help you understand why smoking can hurt you, how it can hurt the quality of your life and what you can do to stop smoking.

A healthy adult should not use any tobacco products at all.

You know that smoking is bad for your body, but what you may not know is how good it is for your body to quit smoking and that the longer you go without smoking the healthier your body becomes. Our latest video, What happens when you stop smoking shows you just how fast your body can recover — even from years of smoking related damage.

Although most people know about the risk of lung cancer from smoking, many don't realize how smoking can lead to many other illnesses. All of the conditions below can be helped by quitting smoking. Do you have any of these medical conditions or problems?

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Asthma or bronchitis
  • Ulcers, sinus problems
  • Dental health problems

Cigarette smoke contains more than 50 cancer causing chemicals that can cause heart disease and lung cancer in non-smokers. Tobacco smoke contains a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals. Hundreds are toxic. About 70 can cause cancer. Here are some of the chemicals. (2010 Surgeon General's report on how tobacco smoke causes disease)

Do You smoke?

Take the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence to see how strong your nicotine dependence is. Share the results with your health care provider so the two of you can come up with a plan to help you quit.

Smokefree.gov is intended to help you or someone you care about quit smoking.

Different people need different resources as they try to quit. The information and professional assistance available on this Web site can help to support both your immediate and long-term needs as you become, and remain, a nonsmoker.

Use the Step-by-Step Quit Guide

Are you...
  • Thinking about quitting?
  • Perparing to quit?
  • Quitting?
  • Trying to stay quit?

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Resources to Help You Quit

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More Smoking Information

  • My Time to Quit
  • Smokeless Tobacco
  • Bibis, Hookah and Kreteks
  • Electronic Cigarettes
  • Secondhand Smoke
  • Secondhand Smoke - Spanish
  • Smoking and nutrition
  • Women and Smoking
  • Talking to Your Child About Tobacco
  • Smoking Cessation Medications
    • Bupropion
    • Nicotine Inhaler
    • Nicotine Nasal Spray
    • Varenicline
    • Nicotine Gum
    • Nicotine Lozenge
    • Nicotine Patch

Consumer Resources
  • Illinois Tobacco Quitline
  • Making a Plan to Quit
  • Making a Plan to Quit - Spanish
  • The Freedom you Gain From Quitting
  • Join the Great American Smokeout
  • Stop Smoking, Start Saving
  • Smoking, Heart Disease and Stroke
  • Smoking and Lung Cancer
  • Smoking and Lung Disease
  • Quitting Smoking Doesn't Have to Mean Weight Gain
  • Quitting Smoking and Enjoying the Active Life
  • Quit Smoking for a Healthier New Year
  • Managing Stress Without Smoking
  • Chicago Tobacco Prevention Project