Tobacco is a killer. People who smoke or use other forms of tobacco are more likely to develop disease and die earlier than are people who don't use tobacco.
If you smoke, you may worry about what it's doing to your health. You probably worry, too, about how hard it might be to stop smoking. Nicotine is highly addictive, and to quit smoking — especially without help — can be difficult. In fact, most people don't succeed the first time they try to quit. It may take more than one try, but you can stop smoking.
Take that first step: Decide to stop smoking. Set a quit date. And then take advantage of the multitude of resources available to help you successfully quit smoking.
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