Join the Great American Smokeout
Did you know that breaking the smoking habit now can help you live longer and stay healthier? People who quit smoking before the age of 50 cut their risk of dying in the next 15 years in half compared with those who keep smoking.*
The American Cancer Society is marking the 37th Great American Smokeout on November 15 by encouraging smokers to take action and make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk. Quitting smoking is not easy, but it can be done.
Why Quit Smoking?
Smoking causes serious health problems. It can lead to illnesses like cancer, heart disease, stroke and lung disease. More than 443,000* people in the U.S. die each year because of smoking. Smoking costs $193 billion each year in health care costs and lost productivity.
Quitting smoking is hard. People often try to quit several times before they quit for good. But quitting will lead to better health for you and those around you.
Good Reasons to Quit Smoking
- You'll be healthier.
- You will have more energy and breathe easier.
- Your teeth will look better.
- Your hair and clothes will smell better.
- You will have a stronger sense of taste and smell.
- You'll save money.
Besides the benefits to you, your family and friends will be healthier if you quit smoking. Second-hand smoke can cause asthma and other health problems in people around you, especially children. If you're pregnant, your baby will get more oxygen and you're less likely to have problems with your pregnancy if you quit.
*Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010
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