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HHS HealthBeat (May 6, 2013)

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

If you’re thinking about quitting smoking, there are some steps you can take to get there. Just ask Tiffany. She did it. Here’s how.

“I started by setting a quit date. Then, I threw out my ashtrays, lighters, and matches. I did other things too, like exercising more.”

Her most enduring motivation to stay quit has been her daughter, and the memory of her mother.

“She died of lung cancer from smoking cigarettes when I was only 16.”

The Tips from Former Smokers campaign features real people like Tiffany.

If you know someone who is thinking of quitting, encourage them. If you smoke, you can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free help.

Within 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure drop. After three months of quitting, your breathing improves. After a year of quitting, your risk of heart disease is cut in half.

Learn more at

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: May 6, 2013