According to the World Health Organization, tobacco kills nearly 6 million people each year.
Whether you smoke, dip or chew; it's never too late to kick the habit. Quitting tobacco is one of the most important things you can do for your health.
Experts say that within 20 minutes of quitting smoking, your blood pressure, pulse, oxygen and carbon monoxide levels return to normal. Within 24 hours your risk of heart attack drops, too, and after 48 hours your senses, like smell and taste, are enhanced.
"The body has very powerful healing capabilities and so if you're having difficulty breathing now because you're a smoker and you feel like why should I give up because I really don't ever see my lung function returning to my baseline, that's actually not true,” said dr. Daniel Neides with the Cleveland Clinic.
Nicotine is highly addictive and so it's recommended you work with your health care provider and a smoking cessation counselor, to help handle the psychological component, for best results.