Here’s What Happens When You Quit Smoking

By Dr. Mercola About 50 years ago, nearly 42 percent of the population smoked cigarettes.1 Between 2005 and 2014 those numbers dropped from 20 percent to 17 percent and then again to 15 percent by 2015.2 Public health officials are hoping that that number will drop below 12 percent by 2020. However, while the number of people smoking traditional cigarettes is steadily dropping, the number of teens using smokeless electronic cigarettes, also known as vaping, is steadily rising.3 Since 2011, teens have been smoking less and vaping more, and research demonstrates that teens who vape may also smoke. If you smoke, quitting is an essential strategy to return to good health. However, I strongly recommend that you first get your diet under control as the implications of a poor diet may outweigh those from smoking and those who are in the process of quitting may turn to food to help alleviate their cravings. Smoking is linked to a number of chronic diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and s


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