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P750-A 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart

STEP 6 If you use tobacco (smoking or any other form), quitting is one of the most important changes you can make for your heart. Your risk of heart attack will go down within one day of putting out that last cigarette. As you go longer without using tobacco, your risk will go down even more. Quitting tobacco isn’t easy, but millions of people have done it. You can, too! The information on these pages can help. If you’ve already quit, these pages can help you stay on track. Have a “Quit Plan” Quitting takes patience and a plan. You’ll boost your chances of success by deciding on your “quit plan” ahead of time. Plan when you’ll quit, how you’ll deal with the urges to use tobacco, and who you’ll ask to support you. Your doctor can work with you to develop this plan. Even if you’ve already quit, it’s easy to slip back into smoking or using tobacco. Have a plan to help you stay off tobacco for good. 32 Track Your Triggers Do certain emotions trigger your urge to use tobacco? How about certain people or places? Knowing the situations that make you want to use tobacco can help you avoid them in the future. For one day, write down every instance you have the urge to use tobacco. Record the time of day and what you were doing just before you had the urge. Do you see any patterns? Think about ways you can avoid or deal with these triggers. Choose a Tobacco Cessation Product to Help Using a tobacco cessation product makes you much more likely to quit for good. Some products can be bought over the counter. Others require a prescription. Before using any of these products, talk to your healthcare provider. He or she can help you make a safe decision about which product to try. Don't Use Tobacco


P750-A 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart
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