Quitting Smoking Can Change Your Life

Great Care knows that the benefits of quitting smoking are wide-ranging, from lowering cancer risk and boosting immune systems to building strong bones and muscles and preventing emphysema. Even Disney has made its dedication to healthy families clear here in the U.S. by banning smoking and vaping from its parks in California and Florida starting May 1.

“When you quit, you’ll also protect your loved ones from dangerous secondhand smoke,” says Smokefree.gov, a collaboration between the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “You’ll set a good example and show your family that a life without cigarettes is possible.”

Smokefree.gov reminds smokers there is no safe amount of cigarette smoke. When you smoke, the chemicals in tobacco reach your lungs quickly every time you inhale.

“Your blood carries the toxins to every organ in your body. But after you quit, your body begins to heal within 20 minutes of your last cigarette. The nicotine leaves your body within three days.”

Smokefree.gov lists these long-term rewards to quitting smoking now:

• Quitting can help you add years to your life.

• Smokers who quit before age 40 reduce their chance of dying too early from smoking-related diseases by about 90 percent.

•  Those who quit by age 45–54 reduce their chance of dying too early by about two-thirds. You can take control of your health by quitting and staying smokefree.

• Over time, you’ll greatly lower your risk of death from lung cancer and other diseases such as heart disease, stroke, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and at least 13 other kinds of cancer.

The Smokefree.gov website offers valuable resources to help with smoking cessation, reminding smokers that everyone’s smoke-free journey is different.

“Smokefree is here to help no matter where you are on the path to quitting smoking—whether you’re just getting started, working toward staying smokefree, or giving quitting another try,” Smokefree.giv says. “Choose the part of the journey that fits your needs.”

This helpful page on the Smokefree.gov website helps smokers pick their own path to quit:


Or smokers can complete 7 easy steps to for a personalized quit plan via this page:


For more information on local smoking cessation programs through your hospital or community groups, contact your healthcare provider. The American Lung Association is also a valuable resource for helping with smoking cessation and support.

The American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking program has helped hundreds of thousands of people quit smoking since its first release in 1981. The program includes resources to help smokers quit, including in-person group clinics, an online support community, and the 1-800-LUNGUSA telephone counseling.

Learn more about the Freedom From Smoking program and how it can help you, too.

Believe, and anything can happen!


The professionals at Great Care are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs, including respite care. Great Care is a non-medical in-home care agency providing quality and affordable elder care in Fishers, IN and the surrounding areas. Call (888) 240-9101 for more information.

About Julie S.

Julie Sullivan is the Owner at Great Care of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Great Care is a licensed, personal services agency, providing in-home care services to the Indianapolis, Indiana and surrounding areas. We serve the personal health and daily care needs of seniors or individuals who prefer to stay at home, but require assistance with everyday activities, such as dressing, personal hygiene, meal preparation, laundry or errands. Our team of certified nurse aids and home health aids can provide you with personalized, in-home care services to meet your needs, including:
• Daytime hourly in-home care
• Temporary or post-hospital respite care
• 24-hour, around-the-clock home care
• Morning and evening care
• Overnight / Slumber care
In addition, we offer our Care Compass service, to assist in setting the course for the next stage in your loved ones life. We guide you through the currents of aging, and help you find your true north. Our licensed nurses, with experience in hospice and geriatric care, will help guide you through the complex and often sensitive journey of selecting an in-home care service, and will provide a smooth transition to a new way of life for your loved one, without the anxiety and fear.
Our current nursing and management team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the home healthcare services industry. All of our caregivers are bonded, insured and screened thoroughly, so you know you’ll be receiving the greatest care possible. That’s why we stand by our mission: to deliver the same, quality care we expect for ourselves and our loved ones.