Quitting Tobacco 2019

The benefits of quitting tobacco start right
away. After 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood
pressure return to normal. After about 6 months, you regain your sense
of taste and smell. After 1 year, your heart disease risk drops
by half. After 5 years, your risk of mouth, throat
and bladder cancers is 50% less. After 10 years, you’re less likely to die
of lung cancer. And after 15 years, your heart disease risk
is that of a non-tobacco user. Quitting tobacco is an important step toward
better health. Here are 5 tips to help you succeed in your
quit attempt: Prepare a quit plan and change your routine. Replace cravings with gum or healthy snacks
and/or go for a walk or exercise. Get support and encouragement from family
and friends. Talk with your health care provider about
quit tobacco medication choices, including over-the-counter options. Be prepared for relapse and difficult situations. MCHCP plans include 100% coverage for preferred
quit tobacco medications and over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy
with a prescription. Visit our website for more details: www.mchcp.org. Join us for the Great American Smoke Out on
Nov. 21, by making a plan to quit and take a step to
better health.