Today is the Best Day to Quit

06/30/2016

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. Each year, smoking kills more people than the combined death toll of AIDS, cocaine, heroin, alcohol, fires, car accidents, murder, and suicide. A heavy smoker’s life expectancy is 7-10 years shorter than a non-smoker’s. In the United States, 1 in every 3 smokers dies 21 to 30 years early--totaling 300,000 to 500,000 deaths a year.

Once you quit smoking, your body starts to heal right away.

  • Within 20 minutes of your last cigarette, your blood pressure will return to normal. The circulation in your hands and feet will improve, making them feel warmer.
  • Within 12 hours after you quit, the levels of carbon monoxide and nicotine in your system decline rapidly.
  • Within a few days, your senses of smell and taste improve, breathing gets easier, and your smoker’s cough diminishes.
  • Within a few years, smoking will no longer be one of your risk factors for heart disease.
  • Within 10 years, your risk of lung cancer will drop to that of a non-smoker’s.

Quitting smoking has a number of health benefits.

  • Reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease
  • Decrease the cost of your health insurance
  • Save money by not buying cigarettes
  • Protect your kids and other nonsmokers around you
  • Improve your energy level
  • Reduce your probability of respiratory infection

Cigarette smoking is responsible for approximately 130,000 deaths from cancer, 170,000 deaths from heart disease, and 50,000 deaths from lung disease each year.