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Be Tobacco Free - Live Like Your Life Depends On It!

Choosing to be tobacco-free could be one of the most important decisions you ever make. Quitting smoking will help you live a longer, healthier life, as well as help, protect the health of your family and friends. Giving up smoking can be difficult, but a tobacco-free lifestyle offers many benefits – benefits that will last a lifetime.

When you quit smoking - the health benefits begin almost immediately.

  • 20 minutes after quitting:

    Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.

  • 12 hours after quitting:

    The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

  • 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting:

    Your circulation improves and lung function increases.

  • 1 to 9 months after quitting:

    Coughing and shortness of breath decrease. The cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function, increasing their ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.

  • 1 year after quitting:

    Your increased risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.

  • 5 to 15 years after quitting:

    Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker.

  • 10 years after quitting:

    The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker’s. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease.

  • 15 years after quitting:

    Your risk of coronary heart disease is the same of that of a non-smoker.

Take your first steps toward becoming tobacco-free

Whether you are thinking about quitting, are not yet ready to quit, or have already quit, Quitline Iowa can help you with each step of the way.

Free, Convenient, Safe & Secure

Connect with your personal quitting coach today. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit quitlineiowa.org for more information.

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Henry County Youth Data

From the 2018 Iowa Youth Survey, using 11th grade responses.

  • Past 30 day cigarette use: Henry County=9%   Iowa=6%
  • Past 30 day e-cigarette use: Henry County=26%   Iowa=22%
  • Past 30 day alcohol use: Henry County=25%   Iowa=20%
  • Past 30 day binge drinking: Henry County=16.1%   Iowa=8.9%
  • Past 30 day marijuana use: Henry County=13%   Iowa=10%
  • Felt sad or hopeless more than 2 weeks in past year: Henry County=34%   Iowa=33%
  • Thought about killing self in past year: Henry County=26%   Iowa=26%
  • Had a plan to kill self in past year: Henry County=15%   Iowa=13%

Tobacco Free Living

Chris Kempker, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, 319.385.8126, kempkerc@iastate.edu

The Division of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control works to reduce tobacco use and the toll of tobacco-caused disease and death by preventing youth from starting, helping adults and youth to quit, and preventing exposure to secondhand smoke.

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