On the topic of New Year's resolutions, a common goal this time of year for many is to quit smoking. While many establish the goal, sticking to it and actually quitting can be a major challenge. We applaud the effort and have resources to help! The benefits of quitting are enormous, and worth the challenge. We know that within 20 minutes of smoking your last cigarette, your heart rate and blood pressure drop. Within 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal. Within two to three months, your circulation improves and your lung function increases. After one year of living tobacco free, the excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker’s. Ten years after quitting, your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. Your ready to quit, so here are a few tips to help you be successful.