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More than four in five smokers say they want to quit. Each year about 1.3 million smokers quit successfully. With good smoking cessation programs, 20 to 40 percent of participants are able to quit smoking and stay off cigarettes for at least one year.

In 1992, the AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION reported that secondhand smoke caused heart disease and aggravated pre-existing heart disease. Secondhand smoke kills about a year through heart disease, and it also has been linked to cervical cancer, brain tumors, birth defects, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Chemicals in burning tobacco at the end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar also pollute the air as secondhand smoke.

Quitting smoking makes a difference right away-you can taste and smell food better. Your breath smells better. Your cough goes away. This happens for men and women of all ages, even those who are older. It happens for healthy people as well as those who already have a disease or condition caused by smoking. Quitting smoking cuts the risk of lung cancer, many other cancers, heart disease, stroke, other lung diseases, and other respiratory illnesses

Why do you want to quit? For your own health or your families? To save money? Whatever your reason for quitting, there is nothing to lose and much to gain. Support from your family and friends can be a great help in you quest to quit smoking, but ultimately it is only your desire and the force of will that will decide if you will be successful or not. Don’t let people discourage you, telling you “it will never happen”. All you need is self assurance to help you through the rough spots. In fact, by quitting you will gain selfrespect and the respect of those important to you.

According to American Cancer Society as soon as you snuff out that last cigarette:

Within 20 minutes: Blood Pressure, body temperature, and pulse rate will drop to normal.
Within 8 hours: Smoker’s breath disappears.
Carbon monoxide level in blood drops and oxygen level rises
to normal.
Within 24 hours: Chance of a heart attack decreases.
Within 48 hours: Nerve endings start to regroup. Ability to taste and smell improves.
Within 3 days: Breathing is easier.
Within 2 to 3
Circulation improves. Walking becomes easier. Lung capacity increases up to 30%.
Within 1 to 9
Sinus congestion and shortness of breath decrease.  Cilia that sweep debris from your
lungs grow back Energy increases.
Within 1 year: Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a person who smokes.
Within 2 years: Heart attack risk drops
to near-normal.
Within 5 years: Lung cancer death rate for the average former pack-a-day smoker decreases by almost half.  Stroke risk is reduced.  Risk of mouth, throat, and esophageal cancer is half that of a smoker.
Within 10 years: Lung cancer death rate is similar to that of a person who does not smoke.  The precancerous cells are replaced.
Within 15 years: Risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a person who has never smoked.