Aside from reducing your risks to many diseases such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and atherosclerosis, quitting smoking also offers some benefits that you’ll notice right away or after some time.
Improvement in your day to day life
If you quit smoking:
- Your breath will smell better
- Your stained teeth will get whiter
- Bad smelling clothes and hair go away
- Food will taste better
- Sense of smell will return to normal
- Everyday activities such as climbing stairs or light housework will no longer leave you out of breath
You will save money
Smoking is expensive. If you smoke, you spend lots of money buying cigarettes. You might say that it’s just a few dollars but if you multiply that by the number of days in a year that you smoke (365 days) and multiply further by the number of years you have been smoking. Then you can determine how much money you have squandered and for what? It’s definitely NOT for a good cause. You have spent so much money on something that will actually cause you harm. Imagine if you have saved that money then you could have spent that on something worthwhile or have started a new business with that money.
AND this cost does not include the money you spent or will be spending on medicines and hospital bills if you acquire smoking-related diseases (lung disease, heart disease, etc.).
You’ll gain social acceptance
If you quit smoking, you will gain social acceptance in your workplace. Most companies prefer to hire non-smokers because smokers tend to be off from work more often than non-smokers. Also, smokers in the building increases the cost for maintenance since the residue from the cigarette smoke sticks on the carpet, drapes, curtains, etc.
Landlords may choose not to rent to smokers and some of your friends may ask you not to smoke in their house or in the car. There are more places now (public buildings, restaurants, concerts and sporting events) that are smoke-free and finding a place to smoke can be a hassle.
If you are a smoker, finding a prospect for a date or romantic involvement, can often be restricted to fellow smokers.
Health of others
Quitting smoking will not only cut your risks to certain diseases and save your life but it will also be beneficial to others as well. Secondhand smoke (exhaled smoke from smokers and smoke from burning cigarettes) causes lung cancer and heart disease in healthy non-smokers.
If you are a woman who is pregnant and you are smoking, you will increase your baby’s risk of developing asthma in childhood and increase her risk of being delivered prematurely or with low birth weight.
Also, raising your children in a household where there is smoking increases your baby’s or children’s risk for ear infections, colds, bronchitis and breathing problems. Smoking also increases the risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). For other people in your house, secondhand smoke can cause eye irritation, headaches, nausea and dizziness.
You’ll set an example to your children
As a parent, you would want your children to have a good and healthy life and you can do that by setting as a good example to your children. Children whose parents are smokers are more likely to be smokers themselves. By quitting smoking, you set an example that they can follow and you show them that smoking is not good for them and that they can live a better life by not smoking.
There are many, many benefits of quitting smoking. Not only will quitting give you back your life but you also help others as well by lessening their exposure to secondhand smoke. Quit smoking now!