What Do You Know About Quitting Smoking?

No matter what your age or how long you have smoked, giving up cigarettes is the ticket to a longer life. Consider that just 12 hours after your last cigarette, the carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal. A year after you've quit, your risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker's.

1. The risk for death by heart attack or coronary heart disease goes down how soon after you quit smoking?
2. What portion of smokers is able to quit with the help of a doctor or counseling program?
3. Which of these quit-smoking methods works the best?
4. Smoking raises your risk for cancer, coronary heart disease, and lung disease. What other health problems can it cause?
5. The factors that lead to nicotine addiction are similar to addiction to which other drug or drugs?
6. When did most current smokers start the habit?
Publication Source: Vitality magazine/November 2001
Author: Floria, Barbara
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Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Nelson, Gail A, MS, APRN, BC
Online Medical Reviewer: Pierce-Smith, Daphne, RN, MSN, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 3/20/2015
Date Last Modified: 4/14/2015