Student Wellness Program

Smoking Cessation

Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, harms nearly every organ of the body, and causes a significant number of diseases. In addition to harming the health of the smoker, secondhand smoke can negatively impact the health of others. However, people who stop smoking greatly reduce their risk for disease and early death. There are many proven methods to quit smoking – each tailored to an individual’s needs. It is critical to seek help from a licensed health professional to help you set your goals and discuss the various treatment options available.

It’s never too late to quit smoking – it could save your life.

The American Cancer Society lists just how quickly the body begins to recover when a smoker decides to quit:

  • 20 minutes after quitting

Heart rate and blood pressure drop.

  • 12 hours after quitting

The carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal.

  • 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting

Circulation improves and lung function increases.

  • 1 to 9 months after quitting

Coughing and shortness of breath decrease. The cilia in lungs regain normal function, increasing their ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.

  • 1 year after quitting

The excess risk of coronary artery disease is half that of someone who still smokes and heart attack risk drops dramatically.

  • 5 years after quitting

Risk of mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder cancer is cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker. The risk of stroke falls to that of a non-smoker after 2 to 5 years.

  • 10 years after quitting

The risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. The risk of cancer of the larynx and pancreas decreases.

  • 15 years after quitting

The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker’s.

Quit Smoking Support: 1-800-784-8669

For more detailed information regarding smoking, please visit the National Institute of Health’s webpage, at:

Please note: if you require any one-on-one help or direction, the College of Medicine has a dedicated psychologist to assist you. The provider is available every other Thursday between the hours of 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. To make direct arrangements during a different time, or off-campus, Dr. Zaher can be contacted directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (916) 969-0723.

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