10 Reasons to Quit Smoking

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Smoking is an addiction. It is difficult to stop, but doing so will benefit your health immediately and for the long term. Smoking has disastrous effects upon your lungs. It will gradually decrease the quality of your life. Smoking may also shorten your life.

There are no good reasons to smoke, but many reasons to quit.

Eliminate Shortness of Breath

Smoking reduces the amount of available oxygen in your blood, which causes you to become short of breath on exertion. According to the American Cancer Society, episodes of shortness of breath should become less frequent within 1 to 9 months after you give up cigarettes.

Prevent Wrinkles

According to the Mayo Clinic, smoking can accelerate skin ageing by restricting blood flow and oxygen to the skin. Smoking for 10 years or longer may cause irreversible damage.

Eliminate Bad Odor

Smell better when you give up smoking. When you smoke, the odour of stale cigarettes saturates your clothing, car and home. You may become accustomed to the smell and not notice it, but other people do.

Eliminate Smoker's Cough

Get rid of that nagging smoker's cough. The American Cancer Society states that your cough should dwindle after 1 to 9 months. The tiny hairs that line your respiratory tract will start working properly and keep the mucus and debris swept out of your lungs. Mucus will no longer accumulate and trigger those morning coughing spells.

Save Money

Cigarettes are expensive, and the cost keeps rising. Instead of spending money on a bad habit that ruins your health, save it in a special account and treat yourself to a fun trip.

Eliminate Second-Hand Smoke Dangers

Do not endanger the health of your children and housemates. According to the Mayo Clinic, second-hand smoke can cause respiratory diseases and ear infections in children.

Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

Smoking causes heart disease and strokes. According to the American Cancer Society, when you quit smoking your blood pressure and heart rate drop within 20 minutes of your last cigarette. After 1 year, your risk of heart disease is half the risk of someone who still smokes, and after 15 years, your risk of heart disease is equal to someone who has not smoked.

Prevent Lung Cancer

Smoking is a high risk factor for lung cancer. According to statistics provided by the National Cancer Institute, smoking accounts for 87 per cent of deaths from lung cancer.

Prevent Chronic Lung Disease

Smoking gradually destroys your lungs and causes chronic diseases like emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Quitting smoking will not reverse damaged lung tissue, but it will prevent or slow down further damage.

Prevent Respiratory Infections

People who smoke have more respiratory infections. Smoking impairs the function of the cilia, or tiny hairs, in the lungs. The job of the cilia is to keep the lungs clear. If they do not do their job, infections like bronchitis and pneumonia can set in.