It is well established that smoking is detrimental to your health.
Fortunately, there is also evidence that once someone does quit, the benefits are plentiful. Heart rate and blood pressure drop, risk of diabetes goes down, cancer and stroke risk decrease, and lung functioning improves. Better lung functioning is particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the virus attacks the respiratory system.
Quitting smoking can be really challenging. Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances, and most people try at least a few times before quitting for good.
If you are ready to cut cigarettes out of your life, here are some tips to support your efforts: