10 Side Benefits of Quitting Smoking Today

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

in quit smoking

The 3 Week Diet

Quitting smoking today is a surefire way to improve your health and reduce your risk of developing serious health problems. But the health benefits extend way beyond lowering your likelihood of getting cancer or heart disease. There are SOME more.

Quit SmokingYou’re less likely to get psoriasis.

Studies have shown that daily smoking is linked to the risk of developing psoriasis. People who smoke at least 20 cigarettes per day have the highest risk. The higher the number of cigarettes, the greater that risk.

Quitting slows progression of HIV/AIDS.


HIV-positive people who smoke appear to have a faster progression time to AIDS than those who don’t smoke. According to 1996 study reported in the journal Annals of Epidemiology, the effect could be caused by the impact of smoking on the immune system.

You’ll lower your risk of Crohn’s disease.

Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease – painful condition and accompanied by diarrhea. Smokers are four times more likely as those who never smoked to develop this chronic—sometimes debilitating.

You’re less likely to die from brain tumor.

Did you know that the brain is a common area for lung cancer to spread? Genetic factors, various environmental toxins, radiation to the head, HIV infection, and cigarette smoking have all been linked to cancers of the brain. In most cases, no clear cause can be shown.

You cut the risk of acid reflux.

People who have smoked for over 20 years are 70% more likely than nonsmokers to have acid reflux. Also known as gastro-oesophageal reflux, acid reflux is one of the most frequent causes of indigestion. Typical symptoms include heartburn, excessive belching, and even respiratory problems.

You will be happier.


Quitting smoking cuts your likelihood of depression. Researchers have made bold claims about cigarette smoking leading to depression. One study suggests that there may be something in cigarette smoke that has antidepressant properties, which explains why cigarette smoking is much more common among depressed patients.


You’ll get more work done.

In one study, researchers from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands discovered that smokers took an average of 11 more sick days a year than nonsmokers. Their findings indicate that not only do smokers have poorer-than-average work performance and productivity; they also tend to call in sick more.

Your wounds will heal better.

Several studies have found that smokers do not heal as well after surgeries such as face lifts, tooth extractions, and periodontal procedures.

Your semen quality will improve.

Men who smoke cigarettes have a lower sperm count and motility and increased abnormalities in sperm shape and function than men who don’t smoke. Plus, they are more likely to have issues with sex drive.

You’ll enjoy chocolate more.

Women who smoked were less sensitive to sweet flavors than women who never smoked.

According to studies conducted by two researchers from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, cigarette smoking and a family history of alcoholism both alter how women perceive sweet foods and what foods they crave.


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