The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout® takes place annually on the third Thursday in November each year.  The Smokeout® is a day to encourage smokers to take a break from the habit for one day. Some people who are planning to quit smoking choose this day to be their quit date. 

The purpose of Summit Psychological Services is a commitment to improve the quality of life for those individuals and families whose lives are affected by emotional distress or addictive disorders. Helping people to stop smoking is, therefore, taken very seriously. 

Aside from offering a free smoking workshop on Wednesday, November 20, we would like to encourage you to stop smoking.  It’s never too late to stop smoking and the impact is immediate.  Here is a list of the dramatic changes which can occur in your body:

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According to the American Cancer Society your body begins to recover within minutes of smoking your last cigarette.

Right away you’ll save the money you spent on tobacco! And here are just a few other benefits you may notice:

  • Food tastes better.

  • Your sense of smell returns to normal.

  • Your breath, hair, and clothes smell better.

  • Your teeth and fingernails stop yellowing.

  • Ordinary activities leave you less out of breath (for example, climbing stairs or light housework).

  • You can be in smoke-free buildings without having to go outside to smoke.

Here is a progression of your body recovering:

  • 20 minutes after quitting - Your heart rate and blood pressure drop. (Mahmud A, Feely J. Effect of smoking on arterial stiffness and pulse pressure amplification. Hypertension. 2003;41(1):183-187.)

  • 12 hours after quitting -The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal. (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1988, p. 202)

  • Two weeks to three months after quitting -Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.(US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp. 193, 194, 196, 285, 323)

  • One to nine months after quitting - Coughing and shortness of breath decrease. Tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs (called cilia) start to regain normal function in your lungs, increasing their ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.(US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp. 285-287, 304)

  • One year after quitting -The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of someone who still smokes. Your heart attack risk drops dramatically. (US Surgeon General’s Report, 2010, p. 359)

  • Five years after quitting - Your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder is cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker. Your stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2 to 5 years.(US Surgeon General’s Report, 2010 and World Health Organization. Tobacco Control: Reversal of Risk After Quitting Smoking. IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention, Vol. 11. 2007, p. 341.)

  • 10 years after quitting - Your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. Your risk of cancer of the larynx (voice box) and pancreas decreases.-(US Surgeon General's Report, 2010 and US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp. vi, 155, 165)

  • 15 years after quitting - Your risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker’s.(World Health Organization. Tobacco Control: Reversal of Risk After Quitting Smoking. IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention, Vol. 11. 2007, p. 11.)

Quitting also helps stop the damaging effects of tobacco on how you look, including premature wrinkling of your skin, gum disease, and tooth loss.

Good luck if you are one of the smokers who decide to quit smoking this month.  Join us at the free workshop or visit our special awareness pages on our website:

Psychologists Jeffrey S. Kahn, PhD, MAC, CGP, DABPS, and Alison W. Johnson, PsyD, had a vision.

They imagined a center where New Jersey’s most skilled psychotherapists—from all disciplines of applied psychology—could work under one roof. They saw a warm, welcoming, supportive space for individuals, couples, families, and groups of all ages. They pictured a communal environment that fostered counselor-to-counselor consultation and collaboration, and a spectrum of creative, innovative services.​

Most important, they envisioned a place where people could not only heal their psychological wounds—but also learn how to achieve their goals and live happier, more fulfilling lives.

Transforming dream into reality, Drs. Kahn and Johnson established Summit Psychological Services, P.A. in 1992. SPS has since grown to become one of the largest, most comprehensive private psychotherapy practices in New Jersey. Our Summit and Montclair offices have served thousands of people from northern and central New Jersey (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union, Warren, and nearby counties); New York City; and Eastern Pennsylvania.

As an SPS client, you benefit from the best of all worlds: the comfort, privacy, and safety of a trusted therapist’s office; a wide range of services; and the depth and breadth of expertise offered by our multi-specialty team.

Summit Psychological Services offers two locations: in Summit at 482 Springfield Avenue and in Montclair, at 94 Valley Road. To reach us, contact or call 908-273-5558.