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Living Healthy Tip
Your body can heal the damage of smoking
On the third Thursday of every November since 1976, smokers have been using this day to quit or make a plan to quit. Since the first smoke-out, we have come a long way in educating about the risks of smoking and protecting nonsmokers from secondhand-smoke. Since 1965, smoking in adults in America has gone from 46% of the population to 20%. We all know smoking causes cancer. In fact, it causes 1 out of every 3 cancer cases. Smoking also causes cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases and infertility. There are plenty of ads and commercials telling us the risks of smoking, and if you are a smoker you may be thinking that it is too late for you. Your body can heal from damage of smoking. Quitting is difficult but it does have many rewards. Besides the obvious benefits of reducing risk for cancers and diseases of the heart and lungs, quitting gives you more energy, better skin, better sense of smell and taste, and it benefits your immune system. Smoking can also cause depression, ulcers, cataracts, gum disease and menstrual problems. For more, be sure to read my recent blog.
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