10 Reasons to Quit Smoking

Everyone knows that smoking is extremely bad for your health and contributes to the development of many chronic diseases and illnesses. However, if you do smoke you also know how difficult it is to stop. That said, there is a long list of reasons to quit smoking and the sooner you quit, the sooner you can reap the health rewards and other advantages of being a non-smoker.

To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of reasons why you should quit smoking using information from the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, and WebMD.

Quitting reduces the risk of diseases.

Almost the entire body is affected by smoking, including the skin, brain, teeth, heart, pancreas, and lungs, leaving you susceptible to a myriad of chronic diseases, some you may not even associate with smoking, ranging from prostate cancer and lupus to Alzheimer’s, COPD and pulmonary hypertension.

You’ll save money. 

Smoking is an expensive habit. Quitting will not only enrich your health but also your bank balance.

Quitting improves your sense of smell and taste. 

Smoking dulls the senses and many ex-smokers find that their sense of smell and taste returned after quitting. This makes eating a much more enjoyable experience.

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You’ll have clean-smelling hair and clothes again. 

You may just have stepped out of the shower and put on freshly laundered clothes, but if you’re a smoker, there’s a good chance you stink of cigarettes and no amount of personal hygiene or expensive perfume can mask that.

The discoloration of your fingers and teeth will go away. 

Say goodbye to nicotine-stained fingers and teeth. You can restore your teeth back to their former pearly white glory and your fingernails will lose that yellow tint.

You won’t have to brave extreme weather. 

As most public buildings across the world are now non-smoking, you won’t need to go outside several times a day and brave the wildest weather to get your nicotine fix.

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You’ll extend your life expectancy

Quitting smoking before the age of 40 slashes your risk of dying from a smoking-related disease by approximately 90 percent.  Non-smokers live on average ten years longer than smokers.

There will be fewer chemicals going into your body. 

In addition to tobacco and nicotine, cigarettes also contain tar, arsenic, lead and another 7,000 dangerous carcinogens.

You’ll contribute less secondhand smoke to the environment. 

Every person who quits smoking helps protect others from breathing in secondhand smoke. This is particularly important for people with compromised health, the very young and the elderly.

You’ll stop snoring. 

Many people who smoke also snore, so quitting smoking will likely reduce both the frequency and loudness of snoring and in some cases solve the problem altogether.

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    • Tim Bossie says:

      Hi Rose! Thank you for the question. There are certainly many breathing exercises to help you with lung function and while some may say that they are for after you stop smoking, they are really good for everyone. There are some great videos on YouTube like this one… https://youtu.be/y3LUlag7W1s. However, we would recommend that you talk with your doctor about it as well.

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