The health benefits of smoking cessation

Med Clin North Am. 1992 Mar;76(2):399-414. doi: 10.1016/s0025-7125(16)30359-5.


Extensive evidence has now accumulated on the health benefits of smoking cessation. With few exceptions, disease risks are reduced following smoking cessation and continue to drop as abstinence is maintained. The review of the evidence in the 1990 Report of the Surgeon General led to major conclusions that establish smoking cessation as a clear priority for health care providers.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology
  • Health Priorities*
  • Humans
  • Longevity
  • Lung Diseases / etiology
  • Lung Diseases / mortality
  • Neoplasms / etiology
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Smoking / mortality
  • Smoking Cessation / psychology
  • Smoking Cessation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • United States