It is estimated that one out of every five people who die in the United States per year are killed by the adverse and well-documented health effects from smoking cigarettes. Smoking accounts for 90 percent of lung cancer deaths in men and 80 percent of lung cancer deaths in women. 
There are various organizations and outlets committed to helping you to quit smoking, including:
- The Center for Disease Control
- The American Heart Association
- NYSmokeFree.com (1-866-NY-QUITS)
According to the Center for Disease Control, smoking is estimated to increase the risk of:
- Coronary heart disease and stroke by two to four times
- Men developing cancer by 23 times
- Women developing cancer by 13 times
- Dying from chronic obstructive lung diseases by 12 to 13 times the risk of the non-affected/general population.
If you haven’t yet quit smoking, make sure to do so as quickly as possible. Set a date to quit and stick to it because the sooner you quit, the better off you and your loved ones will be.