If you smoke, you should quit. But quitting can be hard. Most people who have quit smoking tried at least once, without success, in the past. View past attempts to quit as a learning experience, not a failure.
There are many reasons to quit using tobacco. Long-term use of tobacco and related chemicals such as tar and nicotine can increase your risk of many health problems. See: Serious health risks of tobacco
THE BENEFITS OF QUITTING
Some health benefits begin almost immediately. Every week, month, and year without tobacco further improves your health.
Other health benefits of quitting smoking include:
Infants and children who you live with will have:
MAKING THE DECISION
Like any addiction, quitting tobacco is difficult, especially if you do it alone. There are a lot of ways to quit smoking and many resources to help you. Talk to your doctor about nicotine replacement therapy and smoking cessation medications. See: Smoking - how to quit
If you join smoking cessation programs, you have a much better chance of success. Such programs are offered by hospitals, health departments, community centers, and work sites.
Secondhand smoke; Cigarette smoking - quitting; Tobacco cessation; Smoking and smokeless tobacco - quitting; Why you should quit smoking
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Updated by: David Zieve , MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc., David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine.
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