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Why Should I Quit Smoking?

Quitting smoking benefits your health in several ways, including:

  • Lowered cancer risk, especially lung cancer
  • Reduced risk for heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease
  • Reduced respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath
  • Reduced risk of developing some lung diseases such as COPD
  • Reduced risk for infertility in women

Smoking injures artery walls, causing them to harden. Diabetics who smoke are more likely to experience serious complications with their disease. Read more about Diabetes and High Blood Pressure.


According to the CDC, tobacco smoke contains a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals; hundreds are harmful, and about 70 can cause cancer. People who stop smoking greatly reduce their risk for disease and early death. Although the health benefits are greater for people who stop at earlier ages, there are benefits at any age. You are never too old to quit. Check out the CDC's Quitting Smoking Fact Sheet.


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How Do I Quit Smoking?

Need help to quit smoking? The American Cancer Society and American Lung Association both provide resources to help smokers quit.


To quit smoking, the CDC suggests the following methods:

  • Brief discussion for advice from your doctor
  • Individual, group, or telephone counseling
  • Behavioral therapies (such as training in problem solving)


Are E-Cigarettes Safe?

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Health risks associated with the use of electronic cigarettes (ie. e-cigarettes, e-cigs) are largely unknown due to lack of clinical trials.

The FDA has expressed a warning of Healths Risks Posed by E-Cigarettes, particularly to youth. E-cigs contain nicotine, the highly addictive chemical in tobacco, as well as other chemicals for flavoring. These chocolate, strawberry, and mint flavors may appeal to youth under the age of 18. Although tobacco products may only be bought by those who are 18 or older, there are no age restrictions on e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are another form of smoking.