Special Reasons to Quit

For those especially vulnerable to the health effects of smoking, the reasons to quit escalate.

  • Quitting decreases the chances of other drug use.
  • For those with diabetes, heart disease, COPD, asthma, or cardiovascular disease, quitting reduces hospital stays, limits complications, and helps the effectiveness of certain medications.
  • For pregnant women and new mothers, quitting protects your baby’s health.
  • For hospitalized patients, quitting promotes healing.
  • For heart attack patients, quitting reduces the risk of a second heart attack.
  • For lung, head and neck cancer patients, quitting reduces chances of a second cancer.
  • For parents, quitting protects children from illnesses caused by secondhand smoke and reduces the likelihood they will start smoking.