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What happens to your body when you quit smoking 

Tobacco can do some nasty things to your body. It's responsible for 1 in 5 Canadian deaths, accounts for 85% of all new cases of lung cancer in Canada and can lead to heart and respiratory diseases and several cancers. Quitting is easier said than done, but here are some pretty good reasons why you should start right now.

Preparing for Quit Day

  • Create a smoke-free environment in your home and car

  • Clean out your car and clean/deodorize your home

  • Visit your dentist and get your teeth cleaned

  • Monitor alcohol and caffeine consumption before and after your quit date

  • Get lots of rest leading up to your quit date

  • Drink lots of fluids as this can help with cravings

  • Use healthy oral substitutes. This will help keep your mouth stimulated

  • Repeat your reasons for quitting

  • Plan activities for your first week of being smoke-free

  • Occupy your hands

  • Beware of cigarette ads or other triggers

  • Never allow yourself to think that one cigarette won’t hurt

  • Use your support system for help

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