What Are You Doing About …Quitting Smoking?
You know smoking is bad for you. But do you know how bad? It's time to face the facts and quit—for good.
Thinking About It
Smoking is the root cause of nearly one in five deaths in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Aside from heart disease and respiratory diseases such as lung cancer, smoking also causes other types of cancer, including bladder, cervical and kidney, and is even possibly linked to a type of skin cancer.
Worried About It
Are you apprehensive about trying to quit, or have you tried before? You're not alone. In fact, among former smokers, most of them took an average of six attempts before they finally quit. The key is keeping at it.
Nearly 20 percent of American adults smoke, slightly more men (22 percent) than women (17 percent). Two-thirds say they want to quit. And it's no surprise why it's difficult—nicotine has been found to be almost as addictive as cocaine, heroin and alcohol.
Acting On It
There is no single way to quit smoking that works for everyone. Many people succeed with a combination of methods that includes nicotine replacement products, prescription medication, behavioral therapy and counseling.