Keep getting healthier

Quitting takes mental and physical strength. So, congratulate yourself on making it this far. Now you can commit to staying smoke free and continuing to improve your health. You can also come to us for support and resources to help you on your path to healthier living.

Remember the rewards

After you quit, your body began to heal within 20 minutes of your last cigarette. The nicotine left your body within three days. While you may have felt bad shortly after quitting, that was a sign of the nicotine withdrawal and your body healing itself. Here's a reminder of how your body is getting healthier.

The body begins healing.


Lung function and circulation improves.


Risk of heart disease is cut in half.


Risk of mouth and throat cancer is cut in half.


Likelihood of dying from lung cancer is cut in half.


Risk of heart disease is the same as a non-smoker.

Source: Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 2004

Stay focused

Now that you've quit, here are a few ways to keep yourself smoke-free.

Guard against triggers

Fight urges

Stay positive

Reward yourself

Find support

Learn to handle stress

When a crisis hits, many people go back to smoking—even years after they've quit. Plan now for how you'll handle a stressful event. That way, if something such as a death, divorce or illness arises, you won't be caught off guard.

Remember, too, that most ex-smokers make several attempts to quit before they're successful. If you start smoking again, don't let regret, guilt or failure grab hold of you. These things happen. Learn from your setbacks and get right back to quitting.

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You're not alone

Even though you've quit already, you may need help staying away from cigarettes. You're not alone. Trained family nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacists are ready to help you.

Connect with pharmacists

Did you know you can get advice from trained pharmacists at more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide? They'll listen to your specific needs and:

  • Offer smoking cessation assessments.
  • Provide advice on support resources.
  • Recommend stop smoking aids.
Find a store

Visit MinuteClinic®

MinuteClinic is the walk-in medical center inside select CVS/pharmacy stores. It offers the Start to Stop® smoking cessation program — covered by most insurance — that includes:

  • Custom smoking cessation plans.
  • Nicotine replacement recommendations or prescriptions, when medically appropriate.
  • Ongoing coaching and support.
Find a MinuteClinic

Call the quit hotline

Get live phone support from trained representatives. Operated by the American Cancer Society® Quit For Life® Program, the quit hotline available in English and Spanish and can connect you with resources and support in your area. Call 1-844-265-4321

What's Next?

When your plan is ready, it's time to put it into action.
We have the support and resources that can help you quit for good.

More Quitting Resources

Find tips to help you quit

Understand nicotine addiction

Get quitting support

Learn how to deal with withdrawal
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