Tips for Quitting Your Smoking Habit

Medically Reviewed by Madeline Hubbard, RN, BSN

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), use of tobacco products is the most preventable cause of death in the United States. More than 480,000 deaths occur in the United States each year from firsthand and secondhand smoking, and the overall life expectancy for smokers is known to be at least 10 years shorter than it is for people who don’t smoke.

Research shows that your risk of dying from a smoking-related disease or illness decreases by up to 90% if you quit before the age of 40. However, your health and life expectancy will improve substantially regardless of when you quit. Quitting smoking can be challenging for some. But it’s rewarding for all, as it can drastically improve your quality of life and the lives of those around you.