There are many reasons to quit tobacco. Better health is one of the most important. If you quit, you will:
Cancer. There are over 50 chemicals in tobacco smoke that cause cancer. If you quit, you will reduce your risk of lung, throat, bladder and many other cancers. If you have lung cancer, quitting will lower your chances of developing another cancer.
Lung Diseases. By giving up smoking, you will decrease your risk of pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma combined. It can cause serious health problems and even death.
Heart Attacks, Stroke and Diseases of Blood Vessels. Quitting tobacco will cut your risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes (or brain attacks) and erectile dysfunction (impotence). These conditions can happen when your blood vessels tighten, which can result from tobacco use. If you have had a heart attack, quitting will lower your chances of having another one. If you have congestive heart failure, quitting will lower your chances of being hospitalized.
Diabetes. If you stop using tobacco, you will reduce your risk of diabetes and problems related to diabetes, like nerve problems, kidney disease and blindness. If you have diabetes, quitting tobacco use will help you manage it. Quitting may even help you get rid of your diabetes for good.
Content adapted from the American Cancer Society’s Guide to Quitting.
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