When most people think about quitting smoking, they think about the benefits to the heart and lungs. While it’s certainly important to focus on these reasons to quit smoking, there are many other reasons to give up cigarettes that are often overlooked. In this blog post, we will discuss ten reasons that you may not have considered before. Hopefully, this will inspire you to make the decision to quit smoking and improve your overall quality of life!
1. Smell Better
When you quit smoking, you will immediately notice a difference in the way that you smell. Cigarette smoke lingers on everything – your clothes, hair, and skin. Quitting smoking will make you smell fresher and more attractive to others.
2. Have Whiter Teeth
In addition, quitting smoking will lead to whiter teeth and fresher breath. If you are a smoker, you are likely to have yellow teeth due to the nicotine and tar in cigarettes. Quitting smoking will help your teeth return to their natural white colour, saving you money on whitening products and hygienist visits.
3. Have a Cleaner Home
If you smoke cigarettes indoors, your home is likely to be filled with the smell of smoke. The smoke gets into fabrics like curtains, cushions and carpets, as well as staining walls, furniture and fittings. Quitting smoking will make your home feel cleaner and more inviting to guests. This will save money on redecorating costs and time on cleaning.
4. Reduce the Risk of Impotence
Smoking has been shown to cause erectile dysfunction in men. If you are concerned about your sexual health, quitting smoking may be the best thing you can do for your sex life. A study of almost 5,000 Chinese men discovered that men who smoked more than a pack a day were 60% more likely to suffer erectile dysfunction.
5. Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s
Smoking has also been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. If you are worried about your cognitive health, quitting smoking may help reduce your risk of developing this degenerative disease. According to a study, the rate of mental decline can be around five times faster in smokers than in non-smokers. This is likely due to the artery damage caused by smoking.
6. Reduce the Risk of Blindness
Smokers are also more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration, a condition that can lead to blindness. Research suggests that more than a quarter of all age-related macular degeneration is linked to smoking. If you are concerned about your vision, quitting smoking may help reduce your risk of developing this condition.
7. Decrease the Risk of Depression
Smokers are more likely to suffer from depression than non-smokers, especially younger smokers. If you are struggling with your mental health, quitting smoking may help improve your mood and overall wellbeing.
8. Reduce Reflux
Smokers are more likely to suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition that causes stomach acid to leak back up into the throat. If you struggle with chronic heartburn, quitting smoking may help relieve your symptoms.
9. Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer
Women who smoke are more likely to develop breast cancer than women who do not smoke. Studies have shown that the chances of developing breast cancer increase the longer you smoke. Women who have smoked for 10+ years have a 28% increase in risk than women who have never smoked. If you are concerned about your health, quitting smoking may help reduce your risk of developing this disease.
10. Reduce the Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Smokers are also more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that causes inflammation of the joints. Certain people are more genetically predisposed to developing rheumatoid arthritis. A study has shown that those genetically vulnerable who smoke can be around 21 times more likely to develop the disease. If you are struggling with chronic pain, quitting smoking may help reduce your symptoms.
Hopefully, this list of reasons to quit smoking has inspired you to quit for good! There are many reasons to give up cigarettes, and we hope that you will make the decision to improve your health and wellbeing. If you are struggling to quit smoking, there are many resources available to help you, including nicotine replacement therapy and counselling.
We know that quitting smoking is not easy, but we also know that it’s worth it. Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits for your health, your family and your friends. So, if you’re ready to quit, i’m here to help you.
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