10 Overlooked Reasons to Quit Smoking
If you need more incentive to quit smoking, here are some reasons that you may not know about.
Breast Cancer: Active Smoking Plays Bigger Role Than
Other research out in 2004 shows that active smoking may play a much larger
role in increasing breast cancer risk than
In the study, published in the Jan. 7 issue of the Journal of the National
Cancer Institute, researchers looked at
breast cancer risk among 116,544 women in the California Teachers Study who
reported their smoking status. Between 1996 and 2000, 2,000 of the women
developed breast cancer.
The prevalence of breast cancer among current smokers was 30% higher than
the women who had never smoked -- regardless of whether the nonsmokers had been
exposed to secondhand or passive smoke.
Those at greatest risk: Women who started smoking before age 20, who began
smoking at least five years before their first full-term pregnancy, and who had
smoked for longer periods of time or smoked 20 or more cigarettes per day.
So get going and check out the WebMD Resources for quitting this destructive
And There's More ...
If those top 10 reasons weren't enough to motivate you to quit smoking, keep this in
- Smoking is linked to certain colon cancers.
- Smoking may increase the risk of depression in young people,
- Some studies have linked smoking to thyroid disease.
If you're finally convinced you should quit, you can start right now with
these WebMD resources: