By Molly Skubak
Did you know that cigarette smoke
contains more than 2,000 toxic chemicals? Over time, these harmful toxins wreak immense havoc on the body, laying
the groundwork for numerous health risks, such as emphysema and stomach cancer, that shorten the body’s lifespan and
hasten the body’s natural aging process.
Fortunately, the likelihood of
many of these risks are reduced or eliminated entirely after quitting smoking,
regardless of an individual’s smoking history. With the infographic below,UPMC’s smoking cessation expert, Timothy Cline, Ph.D., senior director of UPMC
Health Plan, outlines the body’s response to smoking cessation.