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Quit Smoking

The Basics: Overview

Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do for your health. The sooner you quit, the sooner your body can start to heal. You will feel better and have more energy to be active with your family and friends.

Smoking hurts almost every part of the body.
Smoking is the most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Smoking causes:

Lung cancer and many other types of cancer
Heart disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other lung diseases
Pregnancy problems
Gum disease
Vision loss
Type 2 diabetes
Rheumatoid arthritis

Learn more about how smoking affects different parts of the body.

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