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If you smoke, your doctor has probably already told you that you need to quit. Smoking can harm nearly every organ in your body as soon as you start.
When you quit smoking, you can lower your risk for smoking-related diseases and add years to your life. As the leading cause of death in the United States, smoking puts stress on all parts of your body — it’s stress your body doesn’t need and stress that is preventable.
E-cigarettes aren’t any better for you. Even though smokers don’t inhale the same amount of tar and carbon monoxide using an e-cigarette as they would with a regular cigarette, the nicotine you are inhaling still has a lasting effect. The use of any amount of nicotine can:
As soon as you quit smoking, your body begins to repair itself. The American Lung Association provides a timeline of what happens in your body and the health benefits you’ll experience after you stop smoking:
20 minutes after quitting:
12 hours after quitting:
2 weeks to 3 months after quitting:
1 to 9 months after quitting:
1 year after quitting:
5 to 15 years after quitting:
10 years after quitting:
15 Years after quitting:
By quitting smoking, you can rewire your brain to live without nicotine. But in order to stop, you need to find your reason to quit.
Your reason to quit smoking should be something personal and powerful that can help you quit. If you aren’t sure, ask yourself these questions. Determining why you want to quit can help inspire you to remain smoke-free.
What is your reason to quit smoking? Tell us in the below comments.
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