Quit Smoking in the New Year

If you think quitting smoking is hard, you’re right. But don’t let that stop you this January from making what federal health officials call “the most important New Year’s resolution.”

It doesn’t matter if you’ve tried unsuccessfully to quit in the past. Quitting smoking often takes several attempts. Learn from the mistakes you have made before to make your chances of success better this time.

If you feel like you can’t quit, know this: almost 50 million smokers have stopped, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The sooner you quit, the better your odds are for avoiding health problems caused by smoking.

Some of the health benefits of quitting include:

  • Lower risk for lung and other types of cancer.
  • Reduces risk for heart disease and stroke.
  • Reduces respiratory problems such as coughing and wheezing.
  • Lowers risk for developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – a leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Reduces risk for infertility among women.

Remember, at some point in your life you were a non-smoker. You can be that person again.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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