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Stop Smoking

Stopping smoking (smoking cessation) isĀ one of the most important health changes a patient can make.

Smoking increases the risk of many conditions:

  • respiratory
  • cardiovascular
  • diabetes
  • cerebrovascular
  • peripheral vascular
  • cancer (lung, laryngeal, oro-pharyngeal, stomach, pancreatic, renal cell and bladder cancers)
  • Smoking cessation will have almost immediate effects on the reducing the risk of cardiovascular events.
  • The major risks can reduce within 2 to 5 years of stopping smoking but for some conditions the risk never returns to that of non-smokers.
  • 80% of adult smokers begin as children. Ensuring young people avoid smoking is important as nicotine addiction can occur rapidly at this age.
  • For every year that you continue to smoke after the age of 40, life expectancy will decrease by 3 months.

Talk to your doctor today if you wish to stop smoking.

*Information obtained from HealthPathways