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Just breathe: Becoming and remaining smoke free

Just breathe: Becoming and remaining smoke freeYou may be a smoker who wants to quit. Or you might be a family member concerned about someone who smokes. Either way, this brochure provides proven tips for becoming smoke-free and other supportive resources.

Did you know that when you quit smoking:

  • Within 48 hours, your chances of having a heart attack decreases. 
  • Within 1 year, your risk of developing heart disease or stroke is half that of a smoker.
  • Within 5 to 15 years, your risk of heart attack is the same as someone who never smoked at all.

Quitting may be difficult, but if you have help and a plan, it may become much easier.

Click here to download the brochure (PDF, 963 KB)

Call 1-888-HSF-INFO (1-888-473-4636) for a free copy of this publication. You may also ask for information on healthy living, stroke and heart disease, or how you can offer support in your community.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation thanks Pfizer Canada for providing the funds to make the development of this resource possible.

This booklet has been independently researched, written and reviewed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and is based on scientific evidence. Acceptance of financial support by the Heart and Stroke Foundation does not constitute an endorsement.

Last modified: August 2013
Last reviewed: January 2011