resolutions go, quitting smoking could be the most important
choice on a smoker’s list.
are more likely to develop diseases like lung, throat and
mouth cancer. And they’re more likely to die earlier than
are people who don’t light up.
Taylor Hays, director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence
Center, says it’s never too late to quit the habit.
younger smokers, those younger than 40-years-old, Dr. Hays
asks, "Do you want to add 10 years to your life?"
if the answer is yes, quit smoking.
you want to avoid all of the ill health effects — chronic
lung disease, heart disease, lung cancer?" he asks.
says those diseases are intimately associated with smoking,
and, if people stop at a young age, they’ll avoid virtually
all of them.
they’ll add years — not just length of life, but quality
of life," says Dr. Hays.
older smokers, Dr. Hays says it’s never too late to stop.
an attempt," he says. "You still can avoid a lot of
the ill health effects of smoking, stopping whenever. So if
you’ve tried and failed, try again. It’s never too late to
says the best way to quit is to make a plan and stick to it.
that plan should include some counseling and behavioral
therapy, and medications that will reduce withdrawal and help
maintain abstinence," says Dr. Hays.