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This Thursday (11/21) is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. The annual event held on the third Thursday in November was established to challenge people to quit on that day, or use the day to make a plan to quit.

I started smoking in high school but quit right around the time I got married at the age of 26. Twenty years later, I’m not looking back. I’m also convinced that vaping is not a reasonable alternative.

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Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. People who smoke are twice as likely to have a heart attack and 30 times more likely to suffer from lung cancer, compared to non-smokers. One in 5 deaths occurs because of smoking and its damage to the human body.

Anyone who still isn’t convinced that smoking is doing a lot of damage to their health should take a look at the short video below that has gone viral this week. In it, a surgical team displays the lungs of a 52-year-old man who smoked heavily for thirty years. The man died from numerous lung diseases.

WARNING: This video is not for the squeamish.