8 Tips to Quit Smoking

Learn the top 8 tips on how to quit smoking on your own.

Sanaz Majd, MD
4-minute read

Why You Should Quit Smoking

Smoking is by far one of the very worst habits that I find my patients engaging in. It’s bad for your heart, causes emphysema (a chronic progressive lung disease that can eventually cause you to stop breathing), and is a risk factor in developing the number one killer of people living in the United States – heart disease. It increases the risks of the following seemingly endless list of cancers: 

  • uterine

  • cervix

  • kidney

  • bladder

  • mouth

  • throat

  • pancreas

  • lung

Lung cancer is the number one cancer that causes death among both women and men.   

Aside from causing cancer and chronic lung disease, smoking also makes you smell, turns your teeth permanently yellow, makes you look older than your age, takes away from your monthly savings, and exposes your loved ones to second-hand smoke (which is sometimes even worse). 

Most people who quit say that it took them a few trials before they were able to successfully do it. So you have decided to quit, what now? What can you do to help move the cessation process along?


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About the Author

Sanaz Majd, MD

Dr. Sanaz Majd is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Her special interests are women's health and patient education.