12 Top Reasons to Stop Smoking Now

Every year, more than 400,000 people die from tobacco-related illnesses – and according to a new report, even a single cigarette can damage your health. Here are 12 more reasons why you need to stop smoking now… Click here for more.

Everyone knows smoking is bad for you, but you probably didn’t know how bad.

Even tiny amounts of cigarette smoke harm your lungs and DNA, according to a just-released Surgeon General’s report.

“The chemicals in tobacco smoke reach lungs quickly every time you inhale, causing damage immediately,” U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., said in a statement.

The more you smoke, the harder it is for your body to repair DNA damage or respond to treatment if you develop cancer, she added.

As the report notes, studies have shown that cigarettes kill 443,000 people every year in the U.S. due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cancer, heart disease, lung disease and other causes.

In fact, 1 in every 5 Americans dies of a smoking-related illness.