How to stop smoking for good

How to stop smoking for good

One of the best ways to improve your health is to quit smoking. Smoking is still the number one cause of preventable death and disease.

Smokers have an increased risk of having heart disease and cancer in the lungs, liver, pancreas, kidneys, stomach and cervix. One year after a smoker quits, the risk of heart disease decreases to half that of someone who is still smoking. After 5 to 15 years, the risk of stroke is the same as a person who never smoked.

Quitting smoking can be hard, but you don’t have to do it alone. Parkland has programs to help you quit:

  • Support classes every week 
  • English and Spanish classes at seven Parkland clinics 
  • Group support 
  • Education on dealing with stress 
  • Nicotine addiction treatment 
  • Motivation for healthy lifestyle

To make an appointment with Parkland’s Smoking Cessation Clinic at the main hospital, call 214-590-5603. To learn more about the Adult Smoking Cessation Program at a Parkland clinic near you, call 214-266-1235.


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