Quitting Smoking

UW Health Services
Keep your numbers in check - quit smoking to increase your heart health. Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States. If you smoke cigarettes (or cigars), you have a higher risk of illness and death from heart attack, stroke and other diseases. These include:
  • Lung, mouth and throat cancers
  • Chronic lung diseases and infections
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Peripheral vascular disease (in the legs and arms)

The threat grows: constant exposure to other people's tobacco smoke increases your risk, even if you don't smoke.


The good news is that when you stop smoking - no matter how long or how much you've smoked - your risk of heart disease and stroke starts to drop. It's cut in half after one year without smoking, then continues to decline until it's as low as a nonsmoker's risk.