A Polaroid depicting a family at a barbecue for QTMEP's Summer Campaign: Celebrate My Independence One Breath at a Time.

Summer Campaign

Celebrate Your Independence One Breath at a Time

You’re independent, right? You make your own money, you decide how to live your life and you choose to defend your country. But you’re dependent on one thing: nicotine.

If you can’t get through the day without using tobacco and you become irritable, anxious and have difficulty concentrating when you go too long without smoking or dipping, you’re addicted to nicotine.  You might not realize it, but nicotine is a dangerous drug that’s as addictive as cocaine and heroin.

Nicotine is in cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, chew, dip, snuff, hookah and electronic cigarettes. No matter the form of tobacco you’re using, you’re ingesting nicotine.

Wondering what’s so bad about being dependent on nicotine? Nicotine affects every major system in your body and leads to weakened immune function, fatigue, decreased healing time and cancer. Nicotine even harms your reproductive system: it is the leading cause of erectile dysfunction for men under 40, and increases the risk of infertility and miscarriage for women trying to become pregnant.

We know that quitting tobacco is tough, and the reason it’s so tough is because of nicotine. Once you decide to quit tobacco and become independent from nicotine, there will be a withdrawal period.  That period varies greatly depending on a variety of factors - from how long you’ve been using tobacco, to how many milligrams you use in a day.  Learn how to navigate this withdraw period by conquering your cravings.

This is your summer to become independent from nicotine. Visit UCanQuit2.org to chat live 24/7 with a tobacco cessation coach, sign up for SmokefreeMIL, a  text message program, read fact sheets about nicotine, learn how to get through the withdrawal period and tips on how to quit nicotine for good