10 Great Reasons to Quit Smoking
Consider these benefits to yourself and others.
By Lisa Stein, Contributing Writer
We all know that smoking is bad for one’s health. But if you smoke, you may need a reminder of how good life can be when you're tobacco-free. If you need some incentive to quit, here are 10 reasons to quit tobacco for good. When you commit to quitting, you’ll be taking steps to:
- Help improve your health right now and for the rest of your life. Some health related facts that you may experience: Within hours of quitting, a drop in your heart rate and blood pressure, and the carbon monoxide level of your blood begins to return to normal. Along with those changes, your risk of cancer, heart attack and stroke begins to decline. That decrease continues as long as you don't smoke.
- Breathe easier and have more energy. As your lungs heal, they will begin to work better. You may have less coughing and huffing and puffing on stairs.
- Have more money to spend on things you enjoy. Tally up how much you spend on cigarettes each month. You may be shocked. Then think of what you can do with that money instead. Quitting may also help you save on health and life insurance.
- Smell better to other people. You won’t have cigarette odor in your clothes, hair, house and car — or tobacco breath.
- Have sharper senses of taste and smell. You may be able to delight in subtle flavors and aromas you missed while smoking.
- Have whiter teeth and cleaner fingers. You can also cut your risk of gum damage and tooth loss from smoking.
- Help protect the health of others. The smoke that curls up from the tip of a cigarette contains substances that can cause disease and death in nonsmokers. The risks are especially great for infants, children and pregnant women.
- Avoid the social stigma that is sometimes attached to smoking. Smoking is less accepted by society now than ever before. Tobacco is commonly banned or restricted at restaurants, bars, schools, libraries, places of employment and even hotels and apartments. Many public places restrict smoking. Smoking could even limit your relationship choices.
- Set a better example for the children in your life. Very few people want their kids to smoke. But children learn from what you do, not necessarily what you say. If you smoke, it's more likely they will smoke, too.
- Have more control over your life. Beating an addiction can give you a renewed sense of power and pride. Why not start now?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health benefits of quitting. Accessed: February 15, 2017.
Smokefree.gov. Protect your loved ones. Accessed: February 15, 2017.
American Cancer Society. Guide to quitting smoking. When smokers quit – what are the benefits over time? Accessed: February 15, 2017.
Updated February 16, 2017