Smoking cessation

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - It is the time of year to get a fresh start and there is one major step you can make to improve your health in a big way in 2011.

Dr. John Clay is encouraging you to make 2011 the year you quit smoking.

Quitting at any age can be beneficial and it's never too late to stop smoking.

Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and compounds.  Hundreds are toxic and at least 69 cause cancer.  Secondhand smoke can also affect family and friends adversely.

Quitting cold turkey can work but often fails.  Options include nicotine replacement and medications prescribed by your physician.

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