Why Quit

Quitting is good for your health and wallet

Quitting is hard. As good as it is for you, it is a major life change. Telling you that you will feel better, that you'll save money, and that your loved ones will be happy, doesn't change this. In this section we share information about the benefits of quitting. While the benefits are real, we know they don't make quitting any easier. Click to learn more.

Effects of Tobacco

Tobacco Affects Your Body

Tobacco affects nearly every part of our bodies. Sometimes it takes years to see these effects. Smokers are at risk for 16 different types of cancers. Risk for stroke and heart disease goes up 2 to 4 times. Check out the graphics below to learn more. This information may sound scary, but when you quit, your body will begin to heal itself and reverse these effects.

Cancers caused or made worse by tobacco use.
Diseases caused or made worse by tobacco use.

Cost of Tobacco

How Much is Tobacco Costing You?

How much do you pay for a pack of cigarettes?

How many cigarettes do you get in a pack?

How many cigarettes do you smoke each day?

How old were you when you started smoking?

How old are you now?

Weekly Cost:


Monthly Cost:


Yearly Cost:


What you've already spent:


Benefits of Quitting

Learn How Your Body Heals

When you quit tobacco, your body instantly starts to heal. Food will taste better, flowers will smell sweeter, and walking up the stairs will be easier. See what happens when you stop smoking.

  • 20 minutes

    Your heart rate drops.

  • 12 hours

    The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

  • 2 weeks to 3 months

    Your heart attack risk begins to drop. Your lung function begins to improve.

  • 1 to 9 months

    Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.

  • 1 year

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

  • 5 to 15 years

    Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker's.

  • 10 years

    Your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker’s. Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases.

  • 15 years

    Your risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of a nonsmoker’s and your risk of death returns to nearly the level of people who never have smoked.

Share Your Quit

  • Headshot of Shandi


    "That’s the ultimate key: Just keep trying..."

  • Headshot of William


    "I have struggled..."

  • Headshot of Danielle with a child


    "I realized that it was an addiction..."

  • Vern

    "After years of use, I was scared..."

  • Suelyn

    "He wanted to be like mommy..."

  • Headshot of Marty


    "It’s a nasty habit..."

  • Headshot of Lacee Kay holding a baby

    Lacee Kay

    "I felt so much better..."

  • Headshot of Julie


    "I wanted something better for my son..."

  • Headshot of Carey


    "I couldn't have surgery..."

  • Headshot of Shelly


    "It’s ok to be a quitter when it comes to this..."

  • Headshot of Dave


    "Dad, I don’t want you to die..."

  • Headshot of Jordan


    "The first month is always hard..."

  • Headshot of John


    "To save my marriage..."

  • Headshot of Amanda


    "I kept trying..."

  • Headshot of Jacob


    "She asked if I was OK..."

  • Headshot of Jamie


    "A life changing experience for me..."

  • Shandi

    Grantsville, UT

    "It has to be a desire, deep within you, to want to do it. Mine happened to be my eight-year-old. She saved my life."


    Salt Lake City, UT

    "I have struggled with addiction my whole life, quitting tobacco helped me quit other substances." Now he volunteers at cessation classes sharing his quit story."


    Herriman, UT

    "Don’t give up, keep trying. There is a way to quit for everyone."


    Price, UT

    "In my youth, I started working in the mines outside of Price - that's where I picked up my chewing tobacco habit. After years of use, I was scared; I didn’t want to be enslaved to tobacco any longer and I wanted to grow old with my wife and family. Quitting was the only way."


    Springville, UT

    "One day, my little boy broke a chopstick in half and put it in his mouth. He wanted to be like mommy smoking a cigarette. That broke my heart, and I knew right then that I had to quit, so my boys wouldn’t end up stuck with this addiction too."


    Price, UT

    "I remember going in (to the health department), having my last cigarette, my last puff and blowing it out before I walked through the door thinking ‘I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do this, but I never had another one since."

    Lacee Kay

    St. George, UT

    "I intended to start smoking again once I was done nursing Preston. When he was about two months old, I realized I felt so much better physically and had a different outlook. I didn't want him to suffer at all in life due to my choices, whether it was entertaining himself while I went outside to smoke or going to school smelling like cigarettes. Smoking is something I definitely don't want Preston picking up because it controlled my life. I want so much better for him! Now that I’m tobacco free, I have my life back!"


    Salt Lake City, UT

    "I feel healthier, I feel cleaner, I smell good every day, and I don’t have that vice to turn to every day when life gets stressful."


    Ogden, UT

    "I needed a kidney transplant. Maybe it was because of smoking – I don’t know. But the doctors said I couldn’t have surgery unless I quit, so I did. After the surgery, I had cravings, so I would stand around smokers to get the secondhand smoke. Then one day I woke up, and instead of loving the smell of cigarette smoke, it smelled disgusting. I couldn't stand being around it. That was day I really quit."


    Ogden, UT

    "It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. And one of the biggest blessings in my life."


    Ogden, UT

    "It does get daunting…but I choose to stop, and the choice is what makes the difference."


    Heber, UT

    "The first month is always hard, but once you get past that, it gets easier. You’ve gotta tell yourself that you can do it."


    Orem, UT

    "I found myself sneaking around trying to get in a smoke; I had to quit. To save my marriage and keep my kids, I had to quit. There was no other way.” Now John is seven years tobacco-free."


    Salt Lake City, UT

    "For me, quitting, cold turkey was the best way I knew how to do it. Of course there were several failures within the success, but I kept trying. I would break my cigarettes in half and throw them away."


    Salt Lake City, UT

    "Am I going to let that little piece of paper and tobacco define who I am? Or am I going to define who I am?"


    Salt Lake City, UT

    "I replaced smoking with running. I run half marathons and other distances. I’m back to hiking, doing everything I love outdoors, and I feel amazing."

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