Why do I need to quit smoking?

Smoking is bad for everyone, but it is especially bad for people with heart failure. Smoking can make your heart failure worse. It can also increase your risk for lung and other cancers, heart attack, stroke, and many other conditions.

Ask your doctor about quit-smoking resources. Quit-smoking medications, including nicotine replacement therapy, can help with cravings and withdrawal symptoms. And behavior therapy can provide strategies to address the psychological and behavioral components of a smoking habit. Or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for referrals to state or local quit-smoking support hotlines.