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Quitting smoking

The only protection from the dangerous effects of cigarette smoke and vaping is to live a smoke-free and vape-free life.

Benefits of quitting smoking

Benefits of quitting smoking
Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. It causes many diseases and affects the general health of smokers and those exposed to secondhand smoke. Vaping is also linked to serious illnesses. Both products contain the addictive chemical nicotine and other cancer-causing chemicals. The only protection from the dangerous effects of cigarette smoke and vaping is to live a smoke-free and vape-free life. The rewards of quitting are almost immediate and well worth making the commitment.

Benefits now, benefits later
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States33. In Massachusetts alone, one person dies every hour due to smoking-related illnesses34. The good news is that the health benefits of quitting start almost immediately from the moment you put out your last cigarette.

Immediate Benefits of Quitting Long-term Benefits of Quitting
Decreased odor on clothes, hair and breath ​Risk of lung cancer death is half that of a smoker's
Blood pressure and heart rate start to drop Improved breathing
​Increased blood oxygen levels Fewer sick days
​Decreased carbon monoxide levels Decreased risk of ulcers, acid reflux, and gum disease
Sense of smell and taste begin to return to normal Improved skin health
More money in your pocket Risk of stroke and coronary heart disease is greater than that of nonsmoker's

You are not alone

There are plenty of resources to help you achieve your goal. Whether you’re thinking about quitting, getting ready to quit, or in the midst of a quit attempt, here are some resources available to help support you.

  • The Massachusetts Smoker’s Quitline is free, phone-based counseling available to all smokers. Up to 8 weeks of free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches, gum, and lozenges) is available to eligible residents who speak with a coach. The use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy can double or triple your chances of quitting for good.
  • Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for immediate assistance. Counselors are standing by to help you break free today!

Incentives for menthol cigarette users

The Massachusetts Smoker's Quitline is offering a gift card incentive program to quit using menthol tobacco products.

  • Residents will receive:
    • $10 gift card after completing the first coaching call
    • $15 gift card after the second coaching call
    • $25 gift card after the third coaching call
  • Those who enroll online must complete coaching calls over the phone to receive the gift card(s) 
  • This may be a limited time program depending on utility and available funds
  • Up to 8 weeks of free Nicotine Replacement Therapy is available to eligible residents who speak with a coach

Patients should take advantage of the Helpline's full offerings. Offerings include 5 coaching calls, unlimited calls to the helpline, and online support. 

To access the MA Smokers' Quitline, Massachusetts residents can:
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1800-784-8669)
Enroll online at makesmokinghistory.org/quit-now 
Be referred to the Helpline by a healthcare, behavioral health, or social service provider at QUITWORKS.

Your healthcare provider can give you helpful information and medication to help your success in quitting. Don’t have a healthcare provider? The Mayor’s Health Line can find you one. 

Smoking Cessation Services in Boston

There are several programs in Boston that offer convenient, low-cost tobacco treatment programs.

Find a Program

Other resources

  • This is Quitting powered by truth® is a free and confidential texting program for young people who vape. Young people can text "VapeFreeMass" to 88709 to get started. In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Visit teen.smokefree.gov for tools and tips
  • For more information, young people can visit mass.gov/vaping
  • More information for parents/adults is available at GetOutraged.org

References

References

1. Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey (TUS CPS) 2006-2007

2. Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Smoking Report for Boston, December 2010

3. Market Demand for Smoke-Free Rules in Multi-Unit Residential Properties, April 2009, Massachusetts Smoke-Free Housing Project, Public Health Advocacy Institute, Northeastern University School of Law

4. Market Demand for Smoke-Free Rules in Multi-Unit Residential Properties, April 2009, Massachusetts Smoke-Free Housing Project, Public Health Advocacy Institute, Northeastern University School of Law

5. U.S. Fire Administration/National Fire Data Center, "Residential Smoking Fires and Casualties," June 2005

6. Market Demand for Smoke-Free Rules in Multi-Unit Residential Properties, April 2009, Massachusetts Smoke-Free Housing Project, Public Health Advocacy Institute, Northeastern University School of Law

7. Market Demand for Smoke-Free Rules in Multi-Unit Residential Properties, April 2009, Massachusetts Smoke-Free Housing Project, Public Health Advocacy Institute, Northeastern University School of Law

8. Surgeon General’s Report, supra note 13.  See also H. Bohanon, C. Callaway, D. Coultas, T. Houston, T Persily, J Samet, S. Schoen, and L. Spengler, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Position Statement on Environmental Tobacco Smoke, 2005; Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, J. Repace, Respirable Particles and Carcinogens in the Air of Delaware Hospitality Venues Before and After a Smoking Ban, 46 J. Occ. Env. Med. 887, 2004

9. Market Demand for Smoke-Free Rules in Multi-Unit Residential Properties, April 2009, Massachusetts Smoke-Free Housing Project, Public Health Advocacy Institute, Northeastern University School of Law

10. Market Demand for Smoke-Free Rules in Multi-Unit Residential Properties, April 2009, Massachusetts Smoke-Free Housing Project, Public Health Advocacy Institute, Northeastern University School of Law

11. Market Demand for Smoke-Free Rules in Multi-Unit Residential Properties, April 2009, Massachusetts Smoke-Free Housing Project, Public Health Advocacy Institute, Northeastern University School of Law

12. Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey (TUS CPS) 2006-2007

13. U.S. Fire Administration/National Fire Data Center, "Residential Smoking Fires and Casualties," June 2005

14. Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Smoking Report for Boston, December 2010

15. Market Demand for Smoke-Free Rules in Multi-Unit Residential Properties, April 2009, Massachusetts Smoke-Free Housing Project, Public Health Advocacy Institute, Northeastern University School of Law

16. Surgeon General’s Report, supra note 13.  See also H. Bohanon, C. Callaway, D. Coultas, T. Houston, T Persily, J Samet, S. Schoen, and L. Spengler, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Position Statement on Environmental Tobacco Smoke, 2005; Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, J. Repace, Respirable Particles and Carcinogens in the Air of Delaware Hospitality Venues Before and After a Smoking Ban, 46 J. Occ. Env. Med. 887, 2004

17. Lives Saved by Smoke Free Workplace Law, Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, November 2008

18. P. Auinger, K. Deitrich, R. Hornung, B Lanphere, and K. Yolton, Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Cognitive Abilities Among U.S. Children and Adolescents, 113(1) Env. Health Perspectives 98 (2004); Richard H. Carmona –U.S. Surgeon General, Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General (June 27, 2006); World Health Organization, Guidelines on Protection From Exposure to Tobacco Smoke; Secondhand Smoke: The Science

19. Surgeon General’s Report, supra note 13.  See also H. Bohanon, C. Callaway, D. Coultas, T. Houston, T Persily, J Samet, S. Schoen, and L. Spengler, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Position Statement on Environmental Tobacco Smoke, 2005; Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, J. Repace, Respirable Particles and Carcinogens in the Air of Delaware Hospitality Venues Before and After a Smoking Ban, 46 J. Occ. Env. Med. 887, 2004

20. American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation – How Many Smokefree Laws?

21. “What is third-hand smoke? Is it hazardous?: Researchers warn cigarette dangers may be even more far-reaching,” Coco Ballantyne, January 6, 2009;       “A New Cigarette Hazard: ‘Third-Hand Smoke," RONI CARYN RABIN, January 2, 2009

22.  Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey (TUS CPS) 2006-2007

23. U.S. Department of Justice

24. The 187th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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33. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Tobacco Use: Targeting the Nation’s Leading Killer

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