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Being Tobacco Free

This site provides support to GRCC students, employees and their families who want to live a tobacco free life.


What Happens After I Quit Smoking?


  • 20 minutes: Your heart rate and blood pressure drops
  • 3 hours: 70% of the nicotine in your body has left
  • 12 hours: Your carbon monoxide level drops to normal
  • 72 hours: All nicotine has left your body
  • 2 weeks to 3 months: Circulation improves. Withdrawal symptoms fade. Lung function increases. Stained teeth get whiter. Yellow fingers and nails disappear. Sense of smell returns to normal. Hair and clothes smell better. Food starts to taste better. Complexion improves.
    Sleep great and more energy. Money starts to add up
  • 9 months: Cough decreases and cilia regain normal function reducing the risk of infection
  • 12 months: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smokers
  • 5 years: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smokers
  • 10 years: The risk of related cancer is decreased by over 50%
  • 15 years: The risk of coronary disease is that of a non-smokers

Check out  more info on the Tobacco Free campus policy

Helpful Links:American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
Benefits of Smoking Cessation
Michigan Tobacco Quit Line
National Cancer Institute
Why Quit?

Tips from our Tobacco Free Team:

Best Practices
Getting Past Tough Smoking Times
Insurance Providers
Tobacco Free Partners
Smokeless Tobacco Quit Kits
Second Hand Smoke
Smoker Quit Kit
How Smoking Effects Your Health
Telephone Support