Did you know that lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, contributing to more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States? Sadly, 80-90% of those lung cancers are linked to tobacco. Even people who have never smoked, but come in contact regularly with secondhand smoke, are at an increased risk of lung cancer (and even other types of cancers) because of the harmful chemicals that tobacco products contain.
It’s true that quitting smoking this the best thing you can do, no matter how old you are, or whether or not you have already been diagnosed with a certain type of lung disease. Anyone--even people who have smoked for several years or even decades--can benefit from eliminating nicotine from their life. According to the Lung Institute, your body starts to return back to normal just 20 minutes after your last cigarette!