Benefits of quitting tobacco

A timeline about what happens when you quit smoking

Your overall health will begin to improve about 20 minutes after you decide to quit, whether you smoke, chew or vape.

Infographic: When smokers quit, benefits begin almost immediately and will continue over time

Pregnancy and quitting tobacco

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, quitting smoking or vaping will help your baby:

  • Grow, your baby may be smaller due to the decreased oxygen
  • Reduce the chances of premature delivery
  • Have a smaller chance of dying because of SIDS (Sudden infant death syndrome)
  • Have a lower chance of being miscarried or stillborn
  • Lessen the chances that smoking will cause lifelong learning problems

Cigarettes increase carbon monoxide in the fetus, which then causes decreased oxygen to the growing baby. Explore more online resources about quitting smoking during pregnancy.

Overall health benefits of quitting tobacco

Making the decision to quit tobacco, you can experience the following:

  • Lowered chances of getting heart disease, cancer and lung problems
  • Have improved blood flow
  • Normalized temperature of your hands and feet
  • Have a normal level of oxygen in your blood
  • Be able to smell and taste food better
  • Reduced coughing
  • Fewer wrinkles
  • Save a lot of money
    • According to World Population Review, the average cost of a pack of cigarettes in the United States is $8.00 in 2022. The American Lung Association has calculated that the average daily smoker smokes 15 cigarettes a day, adding to about $6 a day, or $2,190 per year.

Ready to quit or want more information?

Tobacco cessation services are offered in Mora, Hinckley and Pine City. Call 320.225.3356 with questions or to get started!