Most smokers are not actually aware of why they start smoking in the first place. It usually happens when the person is still very young and more vulnerable to the influence of others, especially their peers and the media. Tobacco companies must have hired the best minds in the world to come up with great advertisements that make cigarette smoking so good despite the known health risks.
The sad news is – majority of smokers end up developing serious illnesses, looking older, and dying younger. Smoking is among the leading causes of preventable diseases and is a major risk factor for a variety of health problems.
There’s no such thing as “it’s too late to quit”. You can significantly improve the quality of your life and health by stopping smoking now. Here are the top 10 reasons why life is happier after you quit.
1. Your stress levels will reduce.
Scientific studies have shown that smokers who quit have lower stress levels. This overthrows the prevailing myth that smoking helps fight stress. The truth is, nicotine addiction worsens a smoker’s stress levels due to the withdrawal symptoms experienced between cigarettes.
2. You will have more energy.
After 2 to 12 weeks of quitting smoking, you can expect an increase in your energy levels. You may notice that you can do harder forms of exercise without feeling too drained. That’s because quitting smoking improves your blood circulation. Your body will also have more oxygen and
less carbon monoxide. Oxygen makes you less tired and less prone to experiencing pain.
3. Your breathing patterns will improve.
You can say goodbye to the “smoker’s cough”, clogged nose, and other undesirable symptoms that hamper your breathing patterns. That’s because quitting smoking will improve your lung capacity. In your 20s or 30s, the effect of smoking on your lung health may not be noticeable until you go for a run. But lung capacity wanes as the smoker advances in age.
4. You will smell better.
When you kiss your spouse or when you embrace your child, they will no longer smell cigarette. The chemicals in tobacco have an overpowering smell that even if you take a bath for several times or spray expensive perfumes, other people (particularly non-smokers) will be able to smell the cigarette smoke.
5. Your appearance will improve.
Smoking gives you dry skin, wrinkles, yellow teeth and bad breath. When you stop smoking, you allow the nutrients you take, including oxygen, to nurture your skin and slow the process of aging.
6. You will have healthier loved ones.
Passive smoking is among the leading risk factors for many health problems among non-smokers and children. Second hand smoke increases a non-smoker’s risk of lung and heart disease, respiratory infection, stroke, and other chronic illnesses. If you are a habitual smoker, you are actually exposing your family and loved ones to the debilitating effects of cigarette smoking.
7. You will enjoy sex better.
Quitting smoking improves your blood flow, which in turn increases sensitivity. Studies suggest that male smokers who quit had better erections while female smokers who quit had better orgasms and get aroused more quickly. Add the fact that quitting improves your energy. It really will enhance the quality of your romantic relationship!
For you, what’s the best thing about quitting smoking? Share your thoughts by posting a comment below.