If you're reading this, you may be thinking about quitting smoking or making a plan to quit. Or maybe you have already tried to quit a few times. You probably already know that smoking is bad for your health and that quitting will reduce your risk of getting a disease related to smoking, such as heart or lung disease.
Tobacco use, especially smoking, is the number one preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. In fact, 1 out of 2 people who continue to smoke will die early because of their smoking.
Everyone who uses tobacco would benefit from quitting. When you quit smoking—no matter how old you are—you will decrease your risk of:
- Early death
- Heart attack and stroke
- Lung cancer and other lung diseases
- Other cancers
- Impotence and fertility problems
- Gum disease and other dental problems
In addition to reducing your risk of diseases in the future, you will notice some benefits right away after you stop smoking. Your shortness of breath, energy, and asthma symptoms will likely get better within the first 2 to 4 weeks after you quit. You reduce the health risks for your family members caused by secondhand smoke. Your kids will be less likely to start smoking. If your teen already smokes, he or she is more likely to quit smoking if you quit.Underweight babies and problem pregnancies are less likely in women who quit smoking.
Talk to your doctor about tobacco cessation programs, support and medications.