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6 Things to Do Instead of Smoking

Alternatives to Smoking

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  • Rates of cigarette smoking are down in teens, but more youth are turning to flavored “little” cigars and e-cigarettes instead
  • If you quit smoking, your risk of dying from heart-related problems may return to that of a non-smoker within eight years, even if you quit when you’re over 65 years old
  • I recommend getting healthy first – via diet, exercise, and stress relief – before you attempt quitting smoking
  • Exercise, listening to music, distraction, and keeping healthful snacks on hand can make it easier to quit when the time comes

By Dr. Mercola

If you're a current smoker, the research suggests that no matter what your age, quitting can be extremely beneficial. For instance, if you quit smoking before the age of 40, more than 90 percent of the excess mortality caused by continuing smoking may be avoided.


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