I was reading the following article at quit smoking in 60 minutes about smoking and its effects in America. This article confirms that it is smart to stop smoking cigarettes and the sooner the better.

It does not matter how you quit smoking, will power, drugs, patches, acupuncture, hypnosis or NLP. It just makes sense to stop the habit of smoking cigarettes.

The article is as follows:

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of death and disease in the United States, accounting for more than 440,000 deaths each year. Approximately 160,000 of those deaths are due to lung cancer alone; the other 280,000 deaths are due to other tobacco related diseases.

According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer causes more deaths than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast and pancreatic). An estimated 159,260 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer in 2014, accounting for approximately 27 percent of all cancer deaths.

An estimated 42.1 million people, or 18.1 percent of all adults (ages 18 years or older), in the United States smoke cigarettes. Overall smoking prevalence declined from 2005 (20.9 percent) to 2012 (18.1 percent).

“Tobacco control has been called one of the most important health triumphs of the past 50 years … although we have come a long way, there is still much more to be done,” Steven A. Schroeder, M.D., of the University of California, San Francisco.

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