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Helping you kick the habit

THE FACTS ABOUT CIGARETTE SMOKING

· Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causes many diseases, and reduces the health of smokers in general.

· Quitting smoking lowers your risk for smoking-related diseases and can add years to your life.

· Smokers are at greater risk for diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease).

· Smoking can make it harder for a woman to become pregnant. It can also affect her baby’s health before and after birth.

· Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

· More than 10 times as many U.S. citizens have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than have died in all the wars fought by the United States.

· Smoking causes about 90% (or 9 out of 10) of all lung cancer deaths.

· Smoking causes about 80% (or 8 out of 10) of all deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

· The risk of dying from cigarette smoking has increased over the last 50 years in the U.S.

· Quitting smoking cuts cardiovascular risks. Just 1 year after quitting smoking, your risk for a heart attack drops sharply.

· Within 2 to 5 years after quitting smoking, your risk for stroke may reduce to about that of a nonsmoker’s.

· If you quit smoking, your risks for cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder drop by half within 5 years.

· Ten years after you quit smoking, your risk for dying from lung cancer drops by half.

Quitting is a Journey

Logon to www.smokefree.gov.  On this site you’ll find support, tips, tools, and expert advice to help you or someone you love quit smoking.  You can connect with a National Cancer Institute LiveHelp information specialist for immediate information and answers about quitting smoking. Counselors who are trained specifically to help smokers quit are available through toll free Quitlines.

Source: cdc.gov & smokefree.gov

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