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Good News and Bad News When You Quit Smoking

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  • Nearly 40 million Americans smoke cigarettes, causing nearly 6 million deaths worldwide each year from cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases, cancer and other health problems
  • Although the good news is your body begins healing within an hour of your last cigarette, research has also found risk of lung cancer continues to be threefold higher 25 years after quitting compared to those who have never smoked
  • The World Health Organization is concerned many around the world are unaware smoking increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, and a coalition of physicians from six continents is fighting to protect youth against the ravages of vaping
  • Your success rate for quitting smoking increases when you get healthy first by changing your diet and getting enough rest and plenty of exercise, all of which make quitting mentally and physically easier

By Dr. Mercola

Nearly 40 million American adults smoke cigarettes. It is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., accounting for 1 out of every 5 deaths each year. According to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 130,000 cases of lung cancer diagnosed each year are attributed to smoking.

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