May 2007 
Volume 37  Number 5
Pages 57 - 58
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Why is it so hard to stop smoking?

Smoking is hard to stop because your body becomes addicted to nicotine, the drug found naturally in tobacco. Also, you've probably developed habits related to smoking, such as smoking when you drink a cup of coffee. These habits can be hard to break.

Why should I stop smoking?

Your health is the main reason. Smoking puts you at risk for many types of cancer, including some leukemias and cancer of the lungs, mouth, voice box (larynx), esophagus, bladder, kidney, pancreas, cervix, and stomach. Smoking may also cause chronic lung diseases such as emphysema and greatly increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Women who smoke are more likely to have a miscarriage or give birth to a low-weight baby with health problems.

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