According to the American Lung Association, cigarette smoking has been identified as the largest source of preventable disease and death worldwide. Smoking-related diseases claim nearly 440,000 lives every year.
Observational studies have shown that smokers die significantly earlier than non-smokers - on average, 13.2 years earlier for men and 14.5 years earlier for women. If you smoke, quitting early allows you to regain that lost time. The following infographic by Cancer View Digest visualizes the benefits associated with early smoking cessation.
There are countless resources available to help you quit smoking. Go to Smokefree.gov to get started.