What Should I Expect When I Quit Smoking?

Smokers who quit their habit and give up cigarettes will find that they are helping their health and saving money.

What Should I Expect When I Quit Smoking?
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Overview
Since the 1960s, more than 45 million Americans have tossed away their smokes for the last time, embracing the healthier lifestyle and health benefits of the non-smoker.
Significance
A person who quits smoking greatly cuts his chances of dying prematurely by reducing risk for lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and vascular disease.
Effects
The effects of not smoking can be felt almost immediately as the level of carbon monoxide in the blood decreases and the level of oxygen increases to normal.
Considerations
The first few weeks of quitting are the most difficult because of withdrawal symptoms, including restlessness, irritability, depression, headaches and being lightheaded.
Benefits
Positive side effects from smoking cessation include improved sense of smell and taste, quicker healing time, decreased illnesses, more energy and better breath. Former smokers save money, as well--as much as $2,540 each year--by quitting a pack-a-day habit.
Fast Fact
Nearly half of the states--24 as of July 2009--have enacted statewide smoking bans in all enclosed public places.
Resources
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Smoking & Tobacco Use
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Office of the Surgeon General
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Medline Plus: Quitting Smoking