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Other effects of smoking: 77 Reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood, causing it to thick and make clots more likely to form. 77 Causes build-up of plaque in the arteries. 77May also disturb the heart’s rhythm, causing an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia); some arrhythmias can result in a stroke, or sudden cardiac arrest and death. If you smoke and have high blood pressure, your stroke risk can be 20 times higher than that of a nonsmoker with normal blood pressure. Constant exposure to secondhand smoke raises the risk of heart disease and stroke, too, even for nonsmokers. Creating a quit plan Once you’ve made the decision to quit smoking, your first step is to put together a quit plan. The following steps will help you on your path to becoming smoke-free. 77 Set a quit date. When that date comes, follow through. 77Write and sign a contract that says you’re going to quit for good. Have a witness sign it, and make sure the witness is someone who believes you can quit. 77 Ask other smokers in your household if they’ll quit with you. 77 Think about people and situations that make you want to smoke. Plan how you can avoid or deal with these triggers without smoking. English Español A PATIENT RESOURCE GUIDE Women and Heart Disease My Quit Tobacco Contract Set Your Goal Talk to your healthcare provider to get help quitting. Now it’s your turn to set a goal. If you’re ready to quit smoking or chewing tobacco for good, make this your goal. Otherwise, you can start with a smaller change, such as limiting the number of cigarettes or cigars you smoke each day or limiting the amount of tobacco you chew. In any case, your goal should move you closer to the big goal of quitting. List the specific goal you’d like to achieve: Prepare to Act Once you’ve decided to make a change, it’s best to set a start date. Choose one that’s coming up soon. You might want to pick a day that’s very normal. Then think about telling the people in your life. That way, they’ll understand (and support!) your new actions. Also, be clear that meeting your goal will take time, attention, and support. I will take action toward my goal starting on: I picked this day because: I will tell these people about the change I’m making and suggest how they can support me: Here are a few things I will do to make quitting smoking/chewing tobacco a priority in my life: © 2016 WomenHeart, ABC, CardioSmart, and StayWell. All rights reserved. Quit Contract Download/print this PDF 77 Talk to your healthcare provider about prescription medication to help you quit. Also consider over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy such as a patch, spray or gum. When used as directed, these products make you much more likely to quit. 45


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