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Here's What Happens When You Quit Smoking

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  • About 50 years ago, nearly 42 percent of U.S. adults smoked; in 2015 that number had dropped to 15 percent and experts would like it to drop to 12 percent by 2020
  • Research has found it’s never too late to quit as people between 50 and 74 demonstrate improved health benefits each year after quitting
  • When you quit smoking your body repairs the damage done by the toxic chemicals in the cigarettes, reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancers each year you remain smoke free

By Dr. Mercola

About 50 years ago, nearly 42 percent of the population smoked cigarettes. Between 2005 and 2014 those numbers dropped from 20 percent to 17 percent and then again to 15 percent by 2015. Public health officials are hoping that that number will drop below 12 percent by 2020.


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