Midlife can feel like a time when we have to drastically reduce or give up so many things we love: sugar, wine, coffee, carbs, sweaters that don't button down the front, good sleep.

For some women, quitting smoking just feels like one sacrifice too many.

To you we say: add something else back, but please...get rid of cigarettes.

May 31 was World No Tobacco Day, according to the World Health Organization. Part of the Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI), it's a day of awareness and learning.

Gennev participated, with a webinar with our Director of Health Coaching, Stasi Kasianchuk, hosting Gennev's Chief Medical Officer, OB/GYN Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su, and pulmonologist Dr. Anne Lipke.

They spoke not just on the benefits of quitting smoking, but also on the particular reasons women in menopause should quit.

In addition to entering menopause up to a year or two earlier than her body might naturally (and thus losing the protections of estrogen earlier), smoking is hard on the skin, the heart, the brain, the teeth, and just about every part of a woman smoker's body.

Listen to the podcast for more information on why to quit, how to quit, how to nourish your body after (and avoid weight gain). Then make an appointment to speak with a physician or a health coach to begin your journey to a happier, healthier life!

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