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New York State Smokers’ Quitline:
Outside NY: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
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Smoking is a leading cause of death – and more than 1,000 people are killed every day by cigarettes. In fact, a woman who smokes cigarettes shortens her life by several years. Smoking increases a woman's risk of cancer, heart disease, and reproductive problems.
Smoking is the most preventable cause of illness and death. It doubles the risk of heart disease and cancer of the cervix in women and increases the risk of many other cancers as well. Smoking is linked with reproductive problems such as infertility and early menopause. Also, people (especially children) around smokers suffer health problems from being exposed to second-hand smoke.
Fortunately, smokers who quit can stop or reverse the damage caused by cigarettes. In the days and months after a person stops smoking, heart rate and blood pressure drop to healthier levels, and breathing, circulation, and sense of smell and taste may improve. Heart attack risk decreases by 50% after the first year of quitting, and the risk of developing lung cancer, heart disease, and other ailments fall to nearly that of a nonsmoker in the first few years.
Women should talk to their doctor about methods that may increase the odds of permanently quitting, such as support groups, other local smoking cessation resources, and medical therapies.
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