You know you should quit smoking. But you just haven't gotten around to it yet. Here are some reasons to help you commit to quitting:
- You will have a better chance of living a longer, healthier life. As soon as you stop smoking, your body starts to recover. Within two weeks to three months, your heart attack risk declines and lung function improves. Within a year after you have quit, your risk of heart attack declines by about 50 percent. Within 10 years, your risk of lung cancer will be almost the same as if you had never smoked.
- Your cholesterol levels will improve, significantly lowering your risk for heart disease. Smoking reduces HDL ("good") cholesterol and may alter LDL ("bad") cholesterol so that it leads to a buildup of plaque in your arteries.
- Your smile will be brighter. With every puff, nicotine and tar coat and stain your teeth. After you quit, make an appointment with your dentist to have the yellow stains cleaned. Your whiter smile can remind you of your accomplishment.
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