According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year. This makes tobacco use the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S.
The CDC also reports that among current U.S. adult smokers, 68.8% want to quit completely. This is an understandable goal, as smoking cessation is associated with lowered risk for many types of cancer and other chronic diseases, better lung capacity and improved immune function.
This infographic by th Huffington Post UK provides a timeline to show you what happens to your body when you stop smoking.
There are countless resources available to aid people in their endeavor to quit smoking. For example, Smokefree.gov is a free resource that provides an individualized plan, coach, and reminders for those trying to end their dependence on cigarettes and other tobacco products.