Sure, it’ll kill you, but there’s other trouble, too.
If you think the only smokers at risk of a major health crisis are those who puff a pack a day, think again. Research has found that smoking even as few as one to four cigarettes a day can have serious consequences. There’s a laundry list of reasons to quit smoking. Besides drastically increasing the chances of getting lung cancer, emphysema, and other devastating lung diseases, smoking raises your risk of heart attack and stroke. And if you already have high blood pressure, you’re in even more danger.
Here’s a handful of other less serious—but still life-altering—calamities smokers court:
Now consider this motivation: In as little as 12 hours after quitting, the carbon monoxide levels in your body start to drop. One month after quitting, your lungs begin to heal. One year after quitting, your risk of heart disease is slashed in half. And it just keeps getting better from there.
If quitting has been a losing battle for you so far, ask your doctor for advice. There are many new and effective ways to help you quit, and the sooner you do it, the better off you’ll be. Look into all the aids that are available—from prescription medications to group therapy. Your doctor can help you find the right method for you.
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