In This Chapter
Checking out the many reasons to quit
Breaking nicotine addiction: Why it’s so hard
Examining how other forms of tobacco can harm you
Exploring ways to stop smoking
Looking at resources to help you stop
Only one good thing can be said about cigarette smoking — it’s good when you stop! In the United States, cigarette smoking is responsible for an enormous amount of unnecessary suffering and death every year:
- Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., claiming more than 430,000 lives per year.
- Depending on the amount of cigarette smoking you do, it increases your risk of heart disease between 200 percent and 400 percent.
- Smoking increases your risk of lung cancer by 15 to 30 times.
- Smoking harms the people around you through secondhand smoke, which increases the risk of heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmokers and may result in chronic bronchitis in children who live with smokers.
But guess what? None of ...