Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health
Louisiana Tobacco Control Program Partners
The Louisiana Tobacco Control Program and the following organizations form a collaborative union called the Louisiana Tobacco Cessation Consortium (LTCC).
Important Information on Electronic Cigarettes from the FDA
American Cancer Society
American Lung Association
Louisiana Office of Public Health
Louisiana Office of Public Health Maternal Child Health
Legacy for Health
National Cancer Institute
Louisiana State University Health Science Center
The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living
American Heart Association
The Louisiana State Medical Society
The Louisiana Office of Addictive Disorders
The Academy of Family Practitioners
The Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans
The Office of Mental Health
You can reap the benefits of quitting smoking in as little as 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes
Blood pressure and pulse rate improve to healthier levels.
After 8 hours
Carbon monoxide and oxygen levels in blood return to normal.
After 1 day
Your chance of a heart attack decreases.
After 2 days
Nerve endings regenerate; sense of smell and taste are enhanced.
After 2 weeks
Circulation improves and lung function increases.
After 1-9 months
Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease.
After 1 year
Chance of heart attack is cut in half.
After 5 years
Stroke risk is reduced to the same levels as a non-smoker.
After 10 years
Risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a current smoker.
After 15 years
Risk of coronary heart disease and death is about the same as it is for those who have never smoked.