Quit to Live: How and Why to Quit Smoking Today
Make 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
we encourage you to contact 1–800–QUIT–NOW or http://www.smokefree.gov for
- 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.
- 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.