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Contact Information

Center for Disabilities Studies
University of Delaware
461 Wyoming Road
Newark DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-6974
TDD: 302-831-4689

Smoking Cessation

Smoking tobacco is not a part of a healthy lifestyle. It is a voluntary choice to smoke that can lead to multiple health problems, some of which include lung and heart disease, stroke and cancer. Complications from smoking vary by how long a person has smoked and how much. There is also second hand smoke which is hazardous to those exposed to it. Nonsmokers who breathe in the smoke from cigarettes, pipes, etc. are being exposed to the same nicotine and carcinogens as those who choose to smoke.

Current smokers who quit can start improving their health the second they quit. It is not too late to start living a healthy lifestyle. Within minutes of quitting smoking, a person’s blood pressure, heart rate and temperature begin to normalize. Within hours of quitting, a person’s carbon monoxide levels drop, oxygen levels increase, risk of heart attack decreases and senses (smell and taste) become more regulated. Within several months of quitting, a person’s circulation and lung function is improved significantly. Lastly, within years the risk of developing heart and lung disease and cancer drops substantially. Learn about your risk from smoking from

Smoking Cessation

Quitting can be challenging but with guidance and support from professionals, if needed and the support of persons around you, the decision to quit will improve your quality of life and overall health.

Take the Smoking Habits Quiz from the American Cancer Society

Visit and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to quit smoking today!

Tips for quitting smoking

  • Pick a date in the near future to quit so you have time to plan
  • Tell family, friends and coworkers you plan on quitting
  • Think of the reasons you want to quit
  • Consider using over-the-counter nicotine products (nicotine gum, patches)
  • Dispose of all tobacco products, lighters, ashtrays
  • Reward yourself
  • If you fail at first, keep trying!

Delaware Resources

Smoking and Disabilities

57.5% of Delawareans with disabilities reported that they are current or former smokers compared to 44.0% of Delawareans without disabilities.

31.1% of Delawareans with disabilities smoke every day compared to 27.7% of Delawareans without disabilities.

1.3% of Delawareans with disabilities reported that they currently use smokeless tobacco products compared to 2.1% of Delawareans without disabilities.

Of respondents who reported they were trying to quit smoking, 60.5% reported that they stopped smoking for one day or longer in the past 12 months. Of respondents trying to quit smoking, 67.6% of surveyed Delawareans with disabilities reported they stopped smoking for one day or longer in the past 12 months compared to 58.1% of Delawareans without disabilities.

59.5% of Delawareans with disabilities report that they do not smoke at all compared to 61.2% of Delawareans without disabilities.