Smoking & tobacco

Includes tips on how you can quit smoking and information on nicotine addiction, cost calculation and the risks of smoking.

Help someone quit smoking

The decision to quit smoking must be made by the person who smokes, for their own reasons and in their own time. You can't do it for them. While pressure from friends or family rarely works, there are ways you can help make their quitting process a little easier.

Nicotine addiction

Nicotine is the drug that makes tobacco products so addictive. As you introduce nicotine to your body, you will begin to crave more. Using any form of tobacco (including cigarettes, little cigars, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff) may lead to an addiction.

Quit smoking now

For some people, quitting is not that much of a challenge. Others have to plan carefully, get support and follow through on every small step. The good news is, many people quit every day, and so can you!

Benefits of quitting

Quitting smoking may improve the length and quality of your life. When you give up cigarettes, your body starts to renew itself as early as the first day of quitting. You may live longer and reduce your chance of developing heart disease, cancer, breathing problems and infections.

Risks of smoking

Smoking is linked to more than two dozen diseases and conditions, including cancer and heart disease. Most of these start to reverse after you quit smoking. Sometimes the benefits of quitting begin in a matter of hours.

Avoid second-hand smoke

The best way to protect your family from the health effects of second-hand smoke is to quit smoking and make your home and car 100% smoke-free.

Quitting smoking for young adults

Trying to quit smoking is a lot like leaving a bad relationship. There's never a perfect time to do it, and it can be difficult. Luckily, there are many ways to quit smoking.

You can quit smoking. We can help.

Considering quitting smoking or another tobacco product -- or know someone who is?

Break It Off mobile application

Download the free Break It Off mobile application for instant support to help you deal with triggers and cravings.

Cost calculator: how much do you spend on cigarettes?

If you quit today, how much will you save in 1, 3, 5, or 10 year(s)?

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