People With Disabilities
People living with a physical, learning, or mental health disability, or vision or hearing loss are at higher risk of negative health effects from tobacco use. The good news is that people with disabilities can and do quit! And, people who sign up for Quitline help are more likely to quit for good than people who try to quit alone.
How to get started with quitting
The Quitline is free to everyone who signs up. Quitline Coaches offer advice, support and referrals to help you quit. They help you find out what makes quitting so hard and help you choose the best steps for your quit plan. You may also be able to get free nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges at no cost.
When you quit smoking, you will have a healthier life and the benefits start right away. Some people worry about gaining weight when they quit. It is important to watch your portion sizes and choose healthy snacks. Food tastes better when you quit! Physical activity is also important when quitting. Find an activity you like and make sure you do it for at least 30 minutes each day. When you quit smoking it’s much easier to catch your breath and activity becomes easier.
Friends, stress and nicotine
Most of us enjoy having friends to hang out with and be social. Sometimes your friends, or people who support you in your daily life, smoke because they are feeling stressed. Seeing others smoke to deal with stress might seem like a good idea but nicotine addiction can make stress levels worse.
Why is quitting important?
- Easier to breath and fewer asthma attacks
- Better mental health and quality of life
- Better control of other medical conditions
- Keep your hearing and vision for longer
- Fewer infections and faster healing times
- Better health for family, friends, and pets
Quitting may take a few tries and each time you will get better at it. The Quitline can help you make a quit plan that works for you. People who use our program have a better chance of quitting for good compared to doing it alone. Sign up today to set your own goals for being the healthiest version of you.