Quit to Live: How and Why to Quit Smoking Today

A man smokingMake this year the year you or someone close to you quits smoking.

The following information may be helpful to your efforts. If you’re looking
to quit,
we encourage you to contact 1–800–QUIT–NOW or http://www.smokefree.gov for
additional support.

Quitting Information

  • In 2004, 44.5 million adults (20.9 percent) in the United States were
    current smokers—23.4 percent of men and 18.5 percent of women. An estimated 70
    percent of these smokers said they wanted to quit.
  • An estimated 14.6 million (40.5 percent) adult everyday smokers in 2004 had
    stopped smoking for at least 1 day during the preceding 12 months because they
    were trying to quit.
  • An estimated 45.6 million adults were former smokers in 2004, representing
    50.6 percent of those who had ever smoked.

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Health Consequences of Smoking — Major Conclusions of
the 2004 Surgeon General Report

  • Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and
    reducing the health of smokers in general.
  • Quitting smoking has immediate as well as long–term benefits, reducing risks
    for diseases caused by smoking and improving health in general.
  • Smoking cigarettes with lower machine-measured yields of tar and nicotine
    provides no clear benefit to health.
  • The list of diseases caused by smoking has been expanded to include
    abdominal aortic aneurysm, acute myeloid leukemia, cataract, cervical cancer,
    kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, pneumonia, periodontitis, and stomach cancer.
    These are in addition to diseases previously known to be caused by smoking,
    including bladder, esophageal, laryngeal, lung, oral, and throat cancers,
    chronic lung diseases, coronary heart and cardiovascular diseases, as well as
    reproductive effects and sudden infant death syndrome.

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