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Smoking cigarettes affects the respiratory system, the circulatory system, the reproductive system, the skin, and the eyes, and it increases the risk of many different cancers.

About 80% of lung cancers, as well as about 80% of all lung cancer deaths, are due to smoking. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women.

Most people know smoking can cause cancer. But it can also cause a number of other diseases and can damage nearly every organ in the body, including the lungs, heart, blood vessels, mouth, and bones.

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Tips to help you quit smoking

Don’t try to do them all at once.

Choose three or four, never more, to begin with, and then add one or two more each day. Good luck!

  1. Never smoke in the car
  2. Refuse every cigarette that’s offered to you
  3. Don’t have a cigarette before breakfast
  4. Buy only one pack at a time
  5. Buy only 10 cigarettes, not 20
  6. Buy a different brand of cigarettes every time, not just your favorite
  7. Before you light up, count to 10
  8. Every time you take a cigarette, put the pack away in another room
  9. When you run out of cigarette, never take one from someone else
  10. After each puff, put the cigarette down
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Next Step

  1. Never smoke out of doors
  2. Never smoke in bed
  3. Stop smoking at work
  4. Don’t smoke in the house
  5. Stop carrying your lighter or matches with you
  6. Stop smoking a cigarette more than half way down
  7. After a meal, don’t smoke until you’ve left the table
  8. Only smoke if you’re sitting in an uncomfortable chair
  9. Don’t smoke while you’re relaxing with a drink
  10. Keep a rubber band around your cigarette pack as a reminder
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