More than 7 years ago now, I made the decision to put down the cigarettes forever.  Mainly for health reasons and I wanted to be around for my kids when they get older.  Secondly, these things have skyrocketed in price since I quit.  I’m talking nearly tripled in price.  That is crazy and if that isn’t enough to get you to quit, I don’t know what is.  Here are some facts about smoking.  Maybe you’ve seen these before in ads, but I can personally attest to most of these.  Read on.

A new study, published by the Journal of Cancer Epidemiology shows that 9.3 percent of smokers who have had cancer in the past, are still smoking.

The study goes on to suggest that only one-third of smokers quit, once they were diagnosed with cancer.

Those who were diagnosed tended to smoke more frequently then your average smoker. Some inhaled an average of 15 cigarettes a day.

Smoking has been linked to several types of cancers including lung, colon and throat cancer.

In the study, nearly half of the cancer survivors said they were planning on quitting, or taking the steps necessary to do so.

Others said they were either unsure, or not going to quit at all.

According to the US Surgeon General’s office, you can see changes within minutes of quitting “cold-turkey”.

20 minutes after quitting, your blood pressure drops to a level close to that before the last cigarette.

12 hours after quitting, carbon monoxide levels in your blood drops to normal.

Finally, one to nine months after quitting, coughing and shortness of breath decrease dramatically.

For more information on quitting, contact 1-800-NYQUITS, or visit the website here.  Today!