Smoking is so bad that many non-smokers will immediately say that you don’t need a reason to quit. Just look at the pictures on cigarette packs. Those alone are enough reason to stay away from smokes.
But, it is not that simple. Nicotine addiction is so strong that you need stronger reason to quit. When cravings hit, you have to stick with your reasons and count your blessings.
I’ll do it for the money! I’ll do it for the kids! These, along with health issues, are the most used reasons for quitting the smokes.
When you quit smoking there are immediate benefits to your body and health and they will just keep accumulating with time passing.
Quitting at age of 30 reduces the chance of dying from smoking-related diseases by more than 90 percent. If you quit at age of 50, you reduce the risk of dying prematurely by 50% compared to those who continue smoking. Even those who quit at age of 60 or older live longer than those who continue to smoke.
- Immediately after quitting smoking, heart rate and blood pressure, which is abnormally high while smoking, begin to return to normal.
- Within a few hours, the level of carbon monoxide, which reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen, begins to decline.
- Within a few weeks, circulation improves, you don’t produce as much phlegm, and you don’t cough or wheeze as often.
- The workload on the heart is decreased and cardiac function is improved.
- Food tastes better, and your sense of smell returns to normal.
- Everyday activities no longer leave you out of breath.
- Within several months of quitting, you experience significant improvements in lung function.
- In one year, your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke is halved.
- In five years, many kinds of cancer, including lung, larynx, mouth, stomach, cervix, bladder, show decline in risk, and that decline approaches the risk of someone who has never smoked.
- Within 10 to 15 years, risk of lung disease, including bronchitis and emphysema, are decreased.
- Conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, thyroid conditions, hearing loss, dementia, and osteoporosis are positively affected.
- Nerve endings in the mouth and nose begin to regenerate, improving taste and smell.
- Medications may work better, enabling some to be taken in decreased doses.
- If you’re taking birth control pills, quitting smoking will decrease your chance of heart attack and stroke due to clotting.
- You’ll have decreased risk for impotence and infertility.
- If you’re pregnant, you’ll protect your unborn child from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and low birth weight.
- Years will be added to your life: people who quit smoking, regardless of their age, are less likely than those who continue to smoke to die from smoking-related illness.
Smoking is expensive habit. Yes, but you’ve never asked yourself if you had enough money for the next pack. That was because you HAD to have the money. You won’t eat but you will smoke. That is the thing with addiction, you are blind for everything else but it.
- Count how much money you spend on tobacco every day and multiply that by 365 to see how much you spend every year on smoking
- Now multiply that by the number of years you have been using tobacco
- Then, multiply the cost per year by 10 for the upcoming 10 years
If you’re a one-pack-per-day smoker, you’ll probably save over $15.000. Could you use extra $15 K?
There are other financial benefits, as well. Your health and life insurance rates will decrease. You will pay less due to tobacco related problems, medical bills, and frequent trips to the doctor.
If you quit smoking, you will also decrease the chance of fatal fires and serious burns. And because you aren’t making late night trips to the store for cigarettes, you will gain more freedom and time – which is priceless.
The pure cosmetic benefits of quitting smoking can be a major motivator, especially when you consider the unpleasant short and long term effects smoking has on your looks.
When you quit smoking:
- your breath will smell better
- your yellow teeth will get whiter
- your clothes and hair will smell better
- your fingers and fingernails will no longer look yellow
- you’ll have better oral health
- you’ll have a better skin
Do It for the Kids
By quitting smoking, you are protecting those you love. Smoking not only harms your health, but it hurts the health of those around you: exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer and heart disease in healthy non-smokers.
If a mother smokes, there is a higher risk of her baby developing asthma in childhood, especially if she smoked while she was pregnant. Smoking is also linked to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and low birth weight infants. Babies and children raised in a household where there is smoking have more ear infections, colds, bronchitis, and other lung and breathing problems than children from nonsmoking families. Secondhand smoke can also cause eye irritation, headaches, nausea, and dizziness.
Additional Reasons to Quit
- Quitting decreases the chances of other drug use.
- For Diabetes, heart disease, COPD, asthma, or cardio-vascular disease patients, quitting reduces hospital stays, limits complications, and helps the effectiveness of certain medications.
- For pregnant women and new mothers, quitting protects your baby’s health.
- For hospitalized patients, quitting promotes healing.
- For heart attack patients, quitting reduces the risk of a second heart attack.
- For lung, head and neck cancer patients, quitting reduces chances of a second cancer.
- For parents, quitting protects children from illnesses caused by secondhand smoke and reduces the likelihood they will start smoking
Every smoker is an individual. What works for one might not work for the other. Make sure to look deeply into your life and find that one special reason which is going to make you wish quit smoking.