Researchers highlight major benefits of quitting smoking

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Those who quit smoking and go on to adopt a healthy lifestyle have a better chance at living longer, according to recent research.

A study found that former smokers who maintained a healthy diet, regularly exercised and managed their alcohol intake had a lower risk of developing cancer and other diseases – regardless of previous smoking habits.

Many people will have to try to quit smoking multiple times before they are able to kick the habit, explained medical professionals at the Cleveland Clinic.

They often tell patients to avoid any environment that could tempt them into smoking – like at a bar or party.

It can also be helpful to build a support system to help you quit, so you’re held accountable.

Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.