Quit It for the Great American Smokeout November 16
(All Members)


Tobacco claims the lives of approximately 14,200 North Carolinians each year. The third Thursday of every November marks the Great American Smokeout. This is a day nationally designated to encourage tobacco users to make a plan to quit or quit that day.  By quitting, even for one day, smokers take an important step toward better health. It’s never too late to quit!

How your body recovers after smoking:

20 minutes - Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
12 hours - The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
2 weeks to 3 months - Your circulation improves and lung function increases.
1 to 9 months - Coughing and shortness of breath decreases.
1 year - Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of continuing smoker.
2 to 5 years - Stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker.
5 years - Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder is cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker.
10 years - 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 (voice box) and pancreas decreases.
15 years - The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker.

Please use November 16 to set a quit date.  Call QuitlineNC at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)
to speak with a Quit Coach® and enroll in the multiple-call program today! By participating in the multiple-call program, you will receive four calls from an experienced Quit Coach, up to three months of free nicotine replacement therapy and eligibility to enroll in the new Text2Quit program, at no cost to you!

Here’s what QuitlineNC participants are saying:

“I could not be happier! I can taste and smell better than I have in years! My circulation has improved greatly and I actually feel like getting outside and being active, not worrying about getting winded! Even my husband has quit smoking, and I am just so thankful! Thank you to you and everyone from the NC QUITLINE!” – RB, Cabarrus County participant

“This program has helped me! I’ve been smoking since I was 12 years old. I never thought that I would quit, but I have! You guys are doing an awesome job!” – DM, Durham County participant

When you’re ready to quit, we’re here to help. Click here to learn more about the many resources available to help Plan members quit tobacco and e-cigarettes for good.