10+ things that will happen if you put out that cigarette right now

If you are a smoker there will probably be no reason that is convincing enough to make you quit. As an addiction, it’s usually surrounded with excuses (“Now is not a good time for me to quit“), promises (“I’ll make this my new year’s resolution…eventually”) and irrational fears of what might happen if you quit. (“I’ll gain a lot of weight”, “It would drive me crazy”). We know that one reason to quit is not nearly as strong as 50, so that’s what you are getting: not a list of all the awful things that may happen when you smoke, but the great ones that will happen when you quit.

You’ll lower your chances of lung cancer

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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women; about 1 out of 4 cancer deaths are from lung cancer. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

You’ll protect your heart…

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The chemicals in tobacco smoke harm your blood cells and can damage the function of your heart and the structure and function of your blood vessels. This damage increases your risk of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a disease in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up in the arteries.