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Kick the Smoking Habit

Kick the Smoking Habit

With every puff on a cigarette, you breathe in a toxic mix of more than 7,000 chemicals — over 250 of which are proven to be harmful to your health. People who quit smoking, regardless of their age and how long they’ve smoked, significantly reduce their chance of dying from a smoke-related illness. A recent study found that even those who quit smoking after they had been diagnosed with lung cancer were twice as likely to survive for five years as those who continued to smoke after they’d been diagnosed.

It’s never too late to quit. Take the first step with these best ways to kick the smoking habit.

By Jenilee Matz, MPH. Jenilee Matz, MPH, is a medical writer, health educator, and triathlete based in Charlotte, NC. Published June 5, 2012.