Smoking cigarettes is a very dangerous habit that comes with several health complications.
Cigarette smoking statistics
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking cigarettes is the number one cause of preventable deaths and diseases for 1 in 5 adults in the United States. In 2017, an estimated 34.3 million adults in the United States smoked cigarettes.
With more than 16 million living with smoking-related diseases. Some of these diseases include:
- Lung cancer
- Heart disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Several other forms of cancer including, colon, stomach, cervix, liver, pulmonary
The American Cancer Society observes that many people who become addicted to smoking in adulthood, start out in their early teens. Most do so with little or no knowledge of the deadly consequences associated with smoking.
Nicotine is a substance which occurs naturally in tobacco and is as addictive as cocaine and heroin.
Though smoking is the major cause of preventable diseases in the US, many smokers still find the process of quitting quite daunting. But this doesn’t have to be the case.
If you are anxious about stopping, this article will give you step by step guidance on how to make the process easier. It will show you how to get prepared, how to stop, and how to prevent a relapse.
But first, let’s examine the benefits of quitting smoking before delving into all the juicy details.