Benefits of Quitting

Benefits of Quitting

Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in our society. But while most people know it is a dangerous habit, so many of us continue to smoke. It has nothing to do with character, weakness, or a disregard for one’s health. It has everything to do with nicotine addiction, environmental pressures, and a lack of public education as to just how dangerous smoking is.

Based on current projections, about 650 million people living in the world today will one day die from a smoking-related illness. The good news is that there are now more people who have quit smoking than people who continue to smoke, and the trend toward non-smoking appears to grow stronger each day.

In this section, learn about the many benefits of quitting smoking, both for today and throughout your life. The benefits of quitting apply whether you are healthy, or already have a smoking-related illness.

Smoking Fact

Of the 45.1 million adults who were smokers in 2005, an estimated 70 percent said they wanted to quit smoking.