While the harmful effects of smoking are well-documented, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us of the benefits of quitting:
- Reduced risk of lung cancer and other types of cancer.
- Lowered risk of heart disease and stroke within two years of quitting.
- Fewer respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Quitting may not make these symptoms go away completely, but they will not progress as quickly as if you did not stop smoking.
- Decreased risk of lung problems, such as deadly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- Reduced risk of infertility. Women who stop smoking during pregnancy also reduce their risk of having a low birthweight baby.