You probably don’t need to be told that smoking is bad for you. But what are the benefits of quitting?
Quit now and reduce your risk of cancer
It is estimated that smoking is responsible for 30% of all cancer deaths and is related to more than 85% of lung cancer cases.
- The more you smoke and the longer you smoke, the more you increase your risk of developing lung cancer. But within 10 years of quitting, an ex-smoker’s overall risk of dying from lung cancer is cut in half.
- If you quit, your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, larynx, esophagus, bladder and cervix decreases.
Quit now and breathe better
Even relatively light smoking may cause lung damage because smoking is repetitive, and the effects of inhaling add up over time. If you’re a smoker, you may have noticed that you:
- feel out of breath when walking up a short flight of stairs
- cough a lot
- spit up mucus
- have repeat chest infections
These are not signs of aging or being out of shape. They are signs that smoking is damaging your lungs.
This is the single most pro-active step you can take to reduce your risk of cancer.