The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is an annual event that encourages smokers to make a plan to quit smoking. It is today, November 21, 2019.
In the more than 50 years since the first Surgeon General’s report on the health consequences of smoking, cigarette smoking among U.S. adults has declined by approximately two thirds. Smoking remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States; however, smokers can and do quit smoking, and today there are more former smokers than current smokers.
What happens to your body when you stop smoking?
- Your risk of having a heart attack goes down.
- Your risk of lung cancer decreases.
- Your smoker’s cough will subside and you’ll breathe better.
- When you stop smoking, the structural damage to your body remains.
- Your lungs won’t contract infections as easily.
- You may experience withdrawals.
- Your heart rate will go back to normal.
- You’ll likely experience cravings.
- Your risk for other cancers will be less, but it will take a while.
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