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Quitting smoking can decrease your risk of death associated with smoking by 13% in just 5 years! After 20 years, the risk of death associated with smoking reaches the same level as a person who has never smoked. You don't need to wait that long to see the immediate benefits of quitting smoking.

The Surgeon General reports that quitting smoking can result in:

  • Decreased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Decreased levels of carbon monoxide in your blood
  • Improved circulation and lung function
  • Reduction in coughing and shortness of breath
  • Decreased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers (lung, mouth, throat, esophageal, bladder, cervical, and pancreatic)

Other benefits include: better smelling breath, hair, and clothes; reduced yellowing of teeth and fingers; and improved senses of taste and smell.

Quitting is hard and we want to help you on your path to a healthier life with the Healthy Choices Solution Center. Information on quitting resources can be found on SeniorNavigator and our interactive tools will help you track your success while quitting smoking.

What Are Some Solutions?

To find out more options for quitting, including information about nicotine replacement therapies, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW. Listed below are other information resources that may be helpful to you:
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