(CNN) – Quitting smoking can save your life. It reduces the risk for lung and other types of cancers as well as “…cardiovascular disease, a lot of respiratory illnesses and, in particular, it also protects children from various second-hand smoke exposure related illnesses, such as asthma.”
But kicking the habit is no easy task, according to the Surgeon General. Nicotine may be as addictive as heroin or cocaine. Fortunately, there are a variety of tools that can help people out.
“Number one, the quit lines, each state has a quit line, other options for just behavioral support would be online tools such as those offered through the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society and other groups.”
And there are other therapies.
“Whether it’s nicotine gum or lozenges, or some of the other medications, such as zyban or chantix.”
According to the American Cancer Society, it takes the average smoker about 3-5 attempts before they can finally quit. But it’s worth the effort because 10 years after quitting, your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who currently smokes.Copyright 2015 CNN