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Quitting smoking

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Smoking is the number one cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. If you're a long-time smoker, you may think it's too late. But it's never too late to benefit from quitting. If you quit smoking, you are likely to add years to your life. You may also breathe more easily, have more energy, and save more money.

Other benefits include:

  • Reduced cancer, heart attack, and lung disease risk
  • Better blood circulation
  • No smoke odor in your clothes and hair
  • A better sense of taste
  • A more sensitive sense of smell
  • No more harmful secondhand smoke for your family members

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  • Smoking and How to Quit - These pages from womenshealth.gov empower women to quit smoking and all forms of tobacco use. Learn why quitting matters to your health, your quality of life, and the health of others. The site also offers strategies that can help you quit for good.

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Content last updated: August 12, 2010.

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