It’s never too late to quit smoking. While it is best to stop as early as possible, kicking the smoking habit at any age will enhance the length and quality of your life.

As soon as you stop, your body begins to repair the damage caused by smoking. You will also save money and you won’t have to run outside your home or office every time the urge to light up hits you.

Medicare now covers counseling sessions to help you stop smoking, even if you haven’t been diagnosed with an illness caused by tobacco use. You pay nothing for smoking cessation counseling, as long as you get it from a doctor or other qualified provider who accepts Medicare reimbursement.

Many state Medicaid programs also cover smoking cessation services.

Smoking tobacco can cause many diseases, including heart disease, respiratory diseases and lung cancer — the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. More than 56 million Americans still smoke tobacco, but quitting can reduce your risk of getting these diseases.

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