Why Quit?: The Benefits of Quitting Smoking

Now is the perfect time to quit smoking. Here are some of the benefits for you when you quit tobacco and stay smoke-free:

  • Gives you more energy and helps you breathe more easily.
  • Saves you money that you can spend on other things: If you smoke one pack a day, quitting can save you over $2,000 per year.  Check out this interactive calculator to see how much you can save by quitting.
  • Makes your clothes, hair, and home smell better
  • Makes your food taste better.
  • Lets you feel good about what you’ve done for yourself.
  • Helps prevent heart disease and cancer, the leading causes of death in women.
  • Helps prevent colds and serious illnesses like bronchitis and pneumonia.
  • There are countless health benefits associated with quitting tobacco; please click here for more information.

QuitlineNC is available to support you and help you quit for good.  Calls are free, confidential, and available to all North Carolinians.

 


Pregnant Women

A lot of changes happen during pregnancy, and that time of change can be the perfect time to quit smoking. Here are the benefits for you and your baby when you quit smoking and stay smoke-free:

For your baby:

  • Increases the amount of oxygen your baby will get.
  • Increases the chances your baby’s lungs will work well.
  • Lowers the risk that your baby will be born too early.
  • Increases your chances of having a normal-weight, healthy baby.
  • Increases the chances your baby will come home from the hospital with you.

For you:

  • Gives you more energy and helps you breathe more easily.
  • Saves you money that you can spend on other things.
  • Makes your clothes, hair, and home smell better.
  • Makes your food taste better.
  • Lets you feel good about what you’ve done for yourself and your baby.
  • Helps prevent heart disease and cancer, the leading causes of death in women.
  • Helps prevent colds and serious illnesses like bronchitis and pneumonia.

 


New Moms

Bringing a new baby home is a time of much excitement, but it can also be stressful. If you quit smoking during pregnancy, it is still important to stay quit.

If you are still smoking or have returned to smoking, it is never too late to quit – there are still many benefits for your health and the health of your baby.

Benefits for you:

  • Gives you more energy and helps you breathe more easily.
  • Saves you money that you can spend on other things.
  • Makes your clothes, hair, and home smell better.
  • Makes your food taste better.
  • Lets you feel good about what you’ve done for yourself and your baby.
  • Increases your choices of family planning methods.
  • Helps prevent heart disease and cancer, the leading causes of death in women.
  • Helps prevent colds and serious illnesses like bronchitis and pneumonia

Benefits for your baby:

  • Helps keep your baby healthy.
  • Reduces the number of ear infections your baby will have.
  • Reduces the chance your baby will have asthma.
  • Helps prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Helps prevent colds and serious illnesses like bronchitis and pneumonia.
  • If your baby was born too early, quitting smoking and staying smoke free is very important – premature babies are more susceptible to the problems listed above.

 


Family & Friends

A lot of changes happen when your family member or friend is pregnant and then brings a new baby home. This is the perfect time to quit smoking. There are many ways to be supportive, including quitting smoking yourself. QuitlineNC is a free, confidential resource available to help you quit for good.

If you are a smoker and decide not to quit, it is very important not to smoke inside or in the car with pregnant women and babies.

Here are some of the benefits of staying smoke free:

Benefits for Baby During Pregnancy:

  • Increases the amount of oxygen the baby will get.
  • Increases the chances that the baby’s lungs will work well.
  • Lowers the risk that the baby will be born too early.
  • Increases the chances of having a normal-weight, healthy baby.
  • Increases the chances that the baby will come home from the hospital with his or her mom.

Benefits for Baby After Being Born:

  • Helps keep the baby healthy
  • Reduces the number of ear infections the baby will have
  • Reduces the chance that the baby will have asthma
  • Helps prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Helps prevent colds and serious illnesses like bronchitis and pneumonia
  • If the baby was born too early, quitting smoking and staying smoke free is very important – premature babies are more susceptible to the problems listed above.

Benefits for The Whole Family:

  • Gives you more energy and helps you breathe more easily
  • Saves money that you can spend on other things
  • Makes your clothes, hair, and home smell better
  • Makes your food taste better
  • Lets you feel good about what you’ve done for your family.
  • Increases your choices of family planning methods
  • Helps prevent heart disease and cancer, the leading causes of death in women
  • Helps prevent colds and serious illnesses like bronchitis and pneumonia