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The Downsides of Smoking (And What Happens When You Quit)

February 15, 2018
You probably already know that smoking cigarettes negatively impacts your health, appearance and lifestyle. What you might not know is how quitting smoking can help undo undesirable side effects. This infographic shows the downsides of smoking and the benefits of quitting. 

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The Ugly Side of Smoking

Nearly one out of every five deaths in the United States is related to smoking, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s not all, though: Smoking has been linked to other health issues and unsightly changes to your appearance.

Health Risks Among Smokers
  • 2 to 4 times increased risk of developing coronary heart disease
  • 2 to 4 times increased risk of having a stroke
  • 25 times greater risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer
Appearance and Lifestyle Changes
  • Older-looking skin
  • Yellowing teeth
  • Raspy voice
  • Smoker’s cough
Perks to Expect When You Quit

Here are eight benefits to your health, appearance and bank account when you quit smoking.

Health Changes
  • Your immune system improves, which means you’ll get sick less often
  • Reduced risk of developing cancers and diseases
  • No more shortness of breath and smoker’s cough
  • Enjoy a longer, healthier life
Appearance and Lifestyle Changes
  • More youthful skin
  • Whiter smile
  • Fresh breath, clothes and hair
  • More money in your pocket (about $2,011 a year for those who smoke one pack a day!)Enjoy a longer, healthier life
How to Quit Smoking

Ready to give up cigarettes for good? Your health plan may offer programs and guidance to help you quit. Learn more by visiting .