Benefits of Quitting Smoking
Smoking affects nearly every organ in the body, and it’s responsible for about one in five deaths in the United States every year. Quitting smoking can lower your risk of several diseases including cancer, heart disease, stroke, and lung disease. If you’re not quite ready to stop smoking altogether, consider using one of these methods to cut back on your smoking habit and start living smoke-free as soon as possible.
1) Feel healthier and live longer
There is no doubt that smokers don’t look, feel or smell as healthy as non-smokers. In fact, smokers are at least 25 times more likely to die prematurely from lung cancer or heart disease than those who never smoked. But quitting can help you live longer. By stopping smoking, your life expectancy could return to normal and you may experience a lower risk of cancers and other illnesses, too. If you have been a smoker for many years, try not to be discouraged: There are still plenty of health benefits to quitting at any age!
2) Save money
When you quit smoking, you free up a considerable amount of money. The average pack-per-day smoker spends around $2,400 annually on cigarettes. By quitting, you’ll save money that would have otherwise been spent on packs and lighters. A healthier body: Once you’ve broken your nicotine addiction, quitting smoking can result in feeling healthier and more energized; it’ll be easier to get through long days at work or accomplish more during those afternoon workouts. Better breath: When you stop smoking, your mouth will no longer smell like an ashtray and your breath won’t always reek of smoke.
3) Improve your hair, skin, and nails
Many smokers are surprised to discover that smoking cigarettes can have a negative impact on hair, skin, and nails. The chemicals found in cigarettes aren’t good for your health, even if you don’t inhale—and they definitely don’t look good either.
If you’re trying to kick a habit or quit smoking entirely (which is recommended by almost every medical organization in America), then it might be time to stop lighting up. While stopping tobacco use is never easy, it can be made easier with some education and planning. Start by learning more about how quitting smoking affects your overall health and then use our How to Quit guide as a resource on your journey towards better-looking hair, skin, and nails!
4) Breathe easier and smell nicer
If you smoke cigarettes, every breath is a struggle. As many as 17 million Americans have a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which means they can barely breathe. Even if you don’t have COPD, smoking has been linked to an increased risk for pneumonia and other respiratory infections like colds and flu. If there are times when you feel like you can’t get enough air, it might be time to think about quitting smoking altogether. Plus, if you quit smoking before your 40th birthday, your lungs will clear out all that nasty tar from years of cigarette smoke—who wouldn’t want to start breathing easier?
5) Taste better
You might be surprised to learn that cigarettes are incredibly bland, but it’s true. Without a filter and only a small amount of actual tobacco leaf, cigarettes tend to taste like very little. In fact, many smokers describe that their smoke tastes metallic or burnt, or that it has an ashtray taste. While you don’t actually have to start enjoying your food as much as you think you will once you quit smoking (although most people say they do), cigarettes do take away one thing: your ability to taste what you eat! This means when people say they feel healthier after quitting smoking, they aren’t just imagining things — their body is telling them so!
6) Reduce stress
You may be surprised to learn that smoking is a form of stress relief. Stress leads to smoking, and smoking leads to stress. It’s a vicious cycle, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Cutting out cigarettes can help your body balance itself. Many studies suggest that people who stop smoking show lower blood pressure levels and feel less anxious than they did while they were puffing away on cigarettes or cigars.
In other words, you are likely going to feel less stressed when you quit—and you might even live longer as a result! Breathe easier: Who says No one likes secondhand smoke? Millions of people like secondhand smoke because it keeps them hooked on cigarettes and cigarillos for life!
7) Spend time with family/friends
Having a cigarette won’t necessarily prevent you from spending time with family and friends, but it will prevent you from enjoying that time to its fullest. Whether or not they smoke, they’ll probably be more than happy to see you put your health first and finally quit smoking. It’s been shown that people who live with smokers have an increased risk of developing lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis. Want to keep those around you healthy? Then ditch cigarettes today.
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