Quitting smoking is no easy journey and if you’ve been smoking for a while you may even wonder if quitting is worth it. Will managing cravings and nicotine withdrawal be too much to handle? If the damage is already done, will it really make a difference? No matter what stage of quitting you’re at, it’s a journey worth undertaking. You’re not just reaping the health benefits when you quit smoking; the positive social and financial implications are just as high.
Health Benefits Of Quitting Smoking
Better Heart Health
Improve your heart health by quitting smoking
Smoking is the leading cause of heart attacks and heart disease and you can significantly improve your heart health simply by quitting smoking. Quitting lowers the levels of cholesterol and fats circulating in your blood, which will help slow down the buildup of new fatty deposits in your arteries. When you quit smoking, your blood becomes thinner and the chances of dangerous clot formation reduce. In fact, quitting smoking can lower your risk of coronary heart disease to the levels of non-smokers, over a period of time.
Improved Respiratory Function
When you quit smoking, the cilia, the tiny hairs in your nasal passageway and other parts of the respiratory tract that filter out dust when you breathe, are the first to regrow and regain normal function. This means you are literally breathing easier and clearer soon after you quit smoking. Your lungs also become stronger when you quit; you will find that it gets progressively easier to climb up a flight of stairs without losing breath and fit in a more productive workout without feeling drained of energy.
Quitting smoking strengthens your immunity
Smoking suppresses your immune system making you more vulnerable to illness. Not only does it make you particularly susceptible to respiratory infections, but it can also trigger autoimmune responses in which your immune system attacks your own lung tissue. Quitting smoking cuts out exposure to tar and nicotine, enabling your immune system to regain its strength. Your white blood cell count also returns to normal, and blood flow improves, enabling better nutrient absorption and quicker wound healing.
Stronger Muscles And Bones
Stronger muscles and bones when you quit smoking
Cigarette smoking is a well-known risk factor for osteoporosis and studies show a direct link between tobacco use and decreased bone density. Quitting smoking helps your bones gain strength and reduces your risk of getting fractures. Cutting out cigarettes also improves the oxygen levels in your blood, making your muscles healthier and stronger. Research shows that just quitting smoking can help you gain muscle mass and strength.
Your coffee will smell so much better!
Quitting smoking breaks the cycle of addiction and can potentially rewire your brain. After about a month of quitting, a large number of nicotine receptors in your brain return to normal levels. As your senses get sharper, you will have improved hearing and vision, and food will taste and smell better.
Lower Risk Of Cancer
Quit smoking and lower your cancer risk significantly
Quitting smoking is the best way to lower your risk of getting cancer. Research indicates that five years after quitting, the risk of developing lung cancer in former heavy smokers dropped by 39% compared to current smokers and continued to drop with time.
When you quit smoking you lower your risk of getting not just lung cancer, but at least 13 other kinds of cancer including cancer of the throat, mouth, stomach and pancreas.
Improved Hormone Health
Get your hormonal balance back on track
Quitting smoking helps control your blood sugar levels and restores your estrogen levels to normal. This helps reduce your risk of diabetes. If you’re a woman, quitting smoking improves your chances of a healthy pregnancy in the future.
Lower stress, better sleep when you quit
Quitting smoking is associated with reduced stress, depression and anxiety. You’ll see a definite drop in your stress levels when you quit smoking and as a result, you’ll also find yourself sleeping better.
Improved Life Expectancy
Get the precious years of your life back
Life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than non-smokers. Research clearly shows an increase in life expectancy among those who quit smoking, even those who quit later in life. Although life expectancy was shortened by more than 10 years among current smokers compared to non-smokers, adults who quit smoking before the age of 40 regained almost all of those lost years.
Quitting while you’re younger will give you added health benefits, but quitting at any age will give you back the years of your life you stand to lose by continuing to smoke.
Financial Benefits Of Quitting Smoking
Don’t let smoking drain your finances, quit now
Smoking is a drain on your finances, and over the years it just adds up. Every cigarette you don’t smoke is an investment not just towards your health, but also the health of your finances (Savings Calculator). Cigarettes are expensive and when you cut them out, you can save up instead for the better things in life like travel, food, hobbies, and experiences.
Social Benefits Of Quitting Smoking
Quitting makes you look good!
Cutting out cigarettes improves your oral health as well as the appearance of your teeth. Quitting is also great for your skin; smoking negatively affects the skin by depriving it of oxygen and nutrients. What’s more, you also smell better, because your clothes and hair no longer reek of smoke!
Did you know that quitting smoking is better than anti-aging lotion? Quitting clears up blemishes and protects your skin from premature aging.
You Are Safeguarding Your Loved Ones
Quit now, protect your loved ones for a lifetime
Do you really need a better reason to quit than protecting the health of your loved ones? Smoking exposes those closest to you to a range of potential illnesses including cancer, heart disease, and meningitis. If you’re a parent, quitting will also reduce the likelihood of your children taking up smoking themselves.
There are no negative consequences of quitting smoking, only benefits. If you smoke, you know that quitting is only going to make things better. Anda right now is a great time to start. If you’d like more information, additional support (FAQs) or would like to speak to one of our trained counselors, reach out to us today.