Keeping Your Natural Beauty: A Smoker's Guide to Quitting

For decades now, the surgeon general of the United States has warned the public about the dangers of smoking. Scientific research continues to confirm this warning, as those who smoke put themselves at a high risk of lung cancer, emphysema, and other respiratory diseases. Fortunately, even those who have been smoking for several decades can lower their odds of contracting lung disease dramatically when they stop smoking.

Quitting cigarettes and other forms of tobacco use brings immediate benefits in terms of blood circulation and long-term benefits in terms of gaining a healthier body. Although quitting is not always easy, it is well worth it, as those who cease their smoking gain many health benefits, save money that would have been spent on cigarettes, and will likely enjoy many more years with friends and family. This guide is designed to help any interested smoker quit their habit successfully. Follow these links, which represent some of the best online help for those who want to quit smoking and to live a smoke-free life.

Benefits to Quitting

ALA: Benefits of Quitting — On this page, from the American Lung Association, readers can find a time-line that shows the benefits to quitting smoking at intervals from 20 minutes after quitting all the way to 15 years after quitting.

Debunking Myths about Smoking Cessation — If myths related to the benefits related to smoking cessation are holding a smoker back from quitting, this resource will help them see the light.

Did You Know? — Quitting Smoking — This overview of the detrimental effects of smoking to one’s appearance can motivate nearly anyone to quit smoking.

Harms of Smoking and Health Benefits to Quitting — Read all about the health threats involved with smoking and the benefits to kicking the habit on this page from the National Cancer Institute.

• Is It Ever Too Late? — This page debunks the myth that some smokers may get to the point where quitting smoking is useless.

Lifestyle Issues: Tobacco Use — The University of Minnesota has put together this excellent resource on the health, cost, and appearance benefits that former smokers enjoy when they decide to quit tobacco.

Social Benefits of Smoking-Cessation — Some social benefits smokers enjoy after quitting. Other categories reveal benefits of quitting specifically for women and seniors.

Benefits of Giving Up Smoking — There are other benefits to quitting in addition to the health benefits. This chart details some benefits for smokers and their family members.

Steps to Quitting

• The Decision to Quit — Have an easier time quitting smoking by following these simple steps to setting a quit date and following through on a smoking-cessation plan.

• Help with Quitting Smoking — Scroll down for a good outline of the steps to quitting smoking.

• Quit Tips — Here are five basic tips/steps that will help any smoker get started on the quitting process.

• Preventing Cancer: How to Stop Smoking — This is a very basic guide to kicking the smoking habit.

Recovery Symptoms — People who are trying to stop smoking may have to endure withdrawal systems that can be hard to overcome. This site explains how to deal with them so that a smoking cessation attempt will be successful.

Smoker's Quit Kit — Smokers will appreciate this pdf guide to smoking cessation from the State of Michigan.

• Smoking and How to Quit — Women smokers are the focus of this government-sponsored page that has many excellent tips on how to quit smoking.

• Steps of Change — The information on this page from Emory University is designed to help smokers quit, but the data can be used for anyone who wants to change a bad habit.

• Steps to Help You Break the Habit — Family has a good overview of all the steps involved in smoking cessation.

Tools to Help You Quit — This is an excellent page from the National Institute of Health and other government-related organizations that provide help for those who want to quit smoking.

• Women's Health: Quit Smoking — After a brief explanation of benefits related to quitting smoking, this page also has tips and steps to quit smoking that emphasize helping women kick the habit.


• FDA 101: Smoking-Cessation 101 — When web surfers click this link, they will be taken to a discussion from the Food and Drug Administration on its list of approved medications to help people quit smoking.

• Nicotine Replacement Therapy — Read about one of the most common medical ways to help smokers quit on this page from the National Library of Medicine.

• Pharmacological Aids to Quit Smoking — On this page from the Cleveland clinic, viewers can read all about all the different medications that can help them stop smoking.

• Prescription Medications for Smoking Cessation — The Cleveland Clinic offers this thorough overview on a few of the most commonly prescribed smoking cessation medications.

• Stop Smoking Cigarettes — This is a very basic guide to some of the medications approved to help smokers kick their habit.

 Staying Smoke-Free

• Avoiding the Trap of Relapse — Smokers can increase their odds of remaining smoke-free if they follow these tips from the University of Illinois.

Dealing with Urges to Smoke — To learn what to do when those old urges and cravings to smoke return, read this resource from the American Heart Association.

• Help a Friend Stop Smoking — Friends of smokers can help them stay off tobacco if they follow the steps outlined in this resource from the University of California Irvine.

• Resolve Program to Quit Smoking — This program and booklet sponsored by the University of Notre Dame can help people get started on the road to kicking the tobacco habit and provides encouragement once a smoking-cessation program is underway.

• Smoking Cessation — Here is a basic guide to quitting smoking that also gives tips as to what one can do to stay smoke-free in the long run.

• Smoky Thinking vs. Clear Thinking — Consult this resource when the urges to smoke return.

Support Groups and Associations

• Inspire: Quit Smoking — Inspire has put together this good online support group for those who want to quit smoking.

• Nicotine Anonymous — Nicotine Anonymous is a 12-step program that is designed to help people quit smoking with the help of a community.

• Quitnet Community — Get help to quit smoking from the largest online community of people who are working to kick the habit by clicking this link.

• Quit Smoking Support — The forums on this page can be very helpful to any smoker who is looking for moral support as they work to kick the habit.

• Quit Smoking — Quit Smoking Support is an extensive bulletin board with members who work to support each other as they seek to quit smoking.

• Re-Learn Life without Cigarettes — This extensive online community features forums, blogs, support groups, and more for those who want some help from others when they quit smoking.

• SMART Recovery — SMART Recovery provides self-empowerment help for those who want to quit any kind of addiction.

• Stop Smoking Center Support Group — This is an extensive page and forum that allows people to help one another to quit smoking through the internet.

• Train 2 Quit — Train 2 Quit is a program/association created by the U.S. Department of Defense to help military servicemen and servicewomen quit smoking.

• Welcome to Freedom! — Welcome to Freedom is a community-support program that is available to those who have quit smoking cold turkey and have been nicotine free for 72 hours or more.

Other Helpful Websites

• Control Your Weight as You Quit Smoking — Many smokers fear weight gain when they quit smoking, and this page can help them avoid putting on the pounds as they work to quit smoking.

FAQs on Smoking Cessation — A variety of questions related to smoking cessation are found on this useful page.

• Facts about Smoking and Respiratory Disease — Here is a good page that explores the health risks of tobacco and the respiratory system, steps to quitting tobacco, and much more.

• Guide to Quitting Smoking — The American Cancer Society has this extensive resource on why and how to quit smoking.

• Help for Smokers and Other Tobacco Users — This pdf from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services explores the benefits of quitting smoking, steps to smoking cessation, and much more.

Quit Assist — A wealth of good information on quitting smoking can be found on this website from Philip Morris.

You Can Be Smoke Free — The University of Illinois offers this extensive resource that describes the health risks of smoking, the benefits of quitting, how to quit, and much more.

VA: Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation — The Department of Veterans Affairs hosts this useful overview page on the benefits of quitting smoking.

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