If you are reading this post right now, then you know that smoking is bad for you. You know you should quit. You likely have loved ones that want you to quit. You know you are endangering your health and the health of others around you. You know you need to quit.
But it’s so hard isn’t it? It’s easy to overlook the cold hard facts about smoking. We’re bombarded with facts everywhere - from television and radio advertisements to guerilla marketing in the streets, to the advice of family or friends. You just can’t get away from people telling you that smoking is bad.
Maybe that’s a good thing. Smoking is one of the biggest causes of preventable disease and death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking results in “more than 480,000 premature deaths and over $300 billion in direct health care expenditures and productivity losses each year.”
The Stats on Smoking
Right now, nearly 20 million women in the United States smoke cigarettes. Did you know that a female smoker’s risk of disease and death is actually greater than a man’s risk?
The CDC states that between 1964 and 2014, “a woman’s risk of dying from smoking has MORE THAN tripled.” If that’s not scary enough, consider these additional facts from the CDC:
• 200,000 women die every year from smoking-related disease
• Women smokers over the age of 35 have a slightly higher risk of death from heart disease than men who smoke
• Female smokers are more likely to die from COPD than male smokers
Long story short, smoking is bad and it’s even worse for women, it seems.
The good news is that smoking among U.S. adults has decreased by over 5 million people in the last 9 years. This means there are less people smoking and more people quitting. If they can do it, you can too.
That’s what I’m here to share with you today. So let’s start the only way I know how; with the natural approach. When people first started asking me for advice on how to quit smoking once and for all, I had to find out, what are some natural ways to quit smoking?
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