Do you know what smoking and cigarettes can do to the inside of your body? As some of the youngest members of the UMMC community tell us, there's nothing good to come from smoking.

Keep it Clean for Kids

Do you know what smoking and cigarettes can do to the inside of your body? As some of the youngest members of the UMMC community tell us, there's nothing good to come from smoking.

Secondhand Smoke is No Joke!

Secondhand smoke is more than just a drag to be around! Each year it causes:

  • 700,000 ear infections in children
  • 400,000 cases of childhood asthma
  • 9,700 babies to be born with low birth weight
  • It is linked to 2,700 cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Free Smoking Cessation Classes and Counseling

You do not need to quit the first day!

Contact us at the Patient Resource Center at 410-328-9355 for more information.

Within 20 Minutes of Quitting

Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Within 20 minutes after you smoke that last cigarette, your body begins a series of changes that continue for years.

20 Minutes After Quitting
Your heart rate drops.

12 Hours After Quitting
Carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

2 Weeks to 3 Months
After Quitting - Your heart attack risk begins to drop.
Your lung function begins to improve.

Facebook Lives – Smoking Cessation

UMMC also has a Facebook LIVE video series about smoking cessation. Watch the first video below.

Smoke-Free Suggestions:

Here are some tips Kevin Scott Ferentz, M.D., retired associate professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, suggests to keep in mind if quitting is one of your goals:

  • Put it in writing. Write down your reasons for quitting on 3 x 5-inch index cards so you can refer to them when you are tempted to smoke.
  • Explore your motives for smoking. Keep a journal before you quit to document your feelings about your habit. You want to include details about where you smoke most often, when you smoke, with whom and why. Review your diary after four or five days to identify feelings and circumstances that trigger your cravings for nicotine.
  • Modify your behavior. Write down your "triggers" on the left side of a piece of paper and on the right side, jot down how you plan to either avoid or cope with those situations or feelings that send you reaching for nicotine.
  • Reduce the pleasure quotient. Most people have favorite brands of cigarettes. In the week or so leading up to your quit date, ditch your favorites for other, less-appealing varieties. For example, buy menthols if you normally don't smoke them. Buy low-tar filters or light versions of your favorite brand or try new, unusual brands that you've never smoked before. This practice will make the habit of smoking seem less appealing and easier to stop.
  • Spread the news. Tell everyone you know you're quitting to develop a network of family members, co-workers and friends who can support your efforts.
  • Get rid of smoking paraphernalia. Throw out all of your ashtrays, matches and lighters.
  • Go cold turkey. Despite an urge to gradually cut back, stopping completely on your chosen quit date is the best approach to kicking the habit for good.
  • Reward yourself. Come up with reasons to celebrate your quitting at regular intervals. For example, a week after you quit, go to the movies or bowling. A month after quitting, go to a nice hotel for an evening or treat yourself to a shopping spree. A year after quitting, go on a nice vacation with the money you save from no longer buying packs of cigarettes.
  • If you relapse, don't panic. Identify what it was that triggered your desire to smoke again and come up with a way to cope with the trigger. The urge to smoke – no matter how overwhelming – will pass after a few minutes, whether or not you give into it.
  • Seek help. If you aren't able to quit on your own, try using aids such as nicotine gum or the nicotine patch. If you still aren't able to quit, see your doctor about other options. You may also want to join a support group. Whatever you do, don't give up!

For patient inquiries or to make an appointment, please call 1-800-492-5538.

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