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The Benefits of Stopping Smoking

written by Guest Blogger April 22, 2014

Do you or someone you love still smoke? When I started this blog about 7 years ago, I had just stopped smoking. A year later, I started again and haven’t been able to quit since. Maybe I just need to find a good reason, the BEST reason to give up my addiction again. Maybe it’s listed in this list of benefits from Jennifer Smith!

Anytime is a great time to give up smoking. Smoking is a huge cause of death in the world and places a huge strain on health care. It is estimated that around 5 million people in the world die from smoking related causes each year.

Smoking has a huge detrimental effect on the body. It is the cause many life threatening illnesses and diseases such as lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease and many more. Smoking is also one of the most preventable causes of death, yet so many people smoke. No matter how old you are or how long you have been smoking, quitting smoking brings many benefits which will improve your life drastically.

It may be difficult at first, but persistence and dedication will reap results. Why wouldn’t you want to live a long and healthy life, even as long as a non-smoker? Once you quit, you will feel healthier straight way.

Here are the benefits of quitting smoking:

Live Longer

Living longer is one of the main benefits of quitting smoking, and with each cigarette you smoke, you are shortening your life. It is estimated that half of long term smokers will die early due to a smoking related disease, such as cancer, heart attacks, heart disease, bronchitis and many more.

It’s never too late to stop smoking and lengthen your life. A recent study showed that people who quit smoking in their 30’s add 10 years to their life. By quitting smoking you are increasing the chances of a disease free future.

Better sex and fertility

Smoking not only increases your life expectancy, it also increases your sex life and fertility levels. By quitting smoking, the blood flow in your body will improve which increases the sensitivity in the genitals, allowing for better sex.

Men will benefit from reducing the risk of erectile dysfunction and women may benefit from better arousal and orgasms. When you stop smoking, you fertility will also improve for both men and women and it also reduces the chances of a miscarriage. In addition, stopping smoking also make you more appealing to the opposite sex, making it easier to find a relationship.

Better Breathing

One of the most obvious benefits to quitting smoking is that you will benefit from smoke free lungs and ultimately, better breathing. You will notice you will cough less and be able to breathe more easily, allowing you to much more things such as sport.

It is estimated that when you quit smoking, you lung capacity improves up to 10%. This will allow you to do many more things in your life and not have to stop every 10 minutes to catch your breath when on a simple walk.

Higher amounts of energy

Quitting smoking will drastically improve you, overall. Not only will you experience a boost in confidence and motivation, within 12 weeks, you will notice how much more energy you have, due to the improved circulation.

This will allow you to partake in much more physical activity, such as running, walking, playing your favourite sports and find them much easier to perform. You will have a greater ability to breathe and will be able to run and walk for much longer. You will be much less tired and have the chance to do the things you have always wanted to do.

In addition, the extra energy also benefits your immune system, allowing your body to fight off illness, such as colds and flues much easier.

Improved appearance

Quitting smoking will improve your appearance and make you more appealing to the people around you.

Almost straight away you, your friends and family will notice a difference. Your teeth will be whiter as they will not become stained by the tobacco, and you will also have fresher breath. Your chances of gum disease will also dramatically reduce.

Your clothes will also not have a constant smell of cigarette smoke. In addition, your taste and smell senses will also improve as your body rid itself of the toxic chemicals caused by smoking.

The timeline of stopping smoking:

  • 20 minutes – After 20 minutes, your blood pressure and pulse return to its normal state.
  • 24 hours – After 24 hours, your lungs begin to clear.
  • 48 hours – After two days, your body rids itself of all nicotine. Your taste and smell begin to improve.
  • 72 hours – Increased energy and a better ability to breathe.
  • 12 weeks– Your circulation improves.
  • 1 year – The risk of a heart attack is halved.
  • 10 years – After 10 years, the risk of lung cancer is halved.

Quitting smoking is something you should do right away. As you can see, there are countless benefits to quitting smoking which will improve your life in many ways.

What do you think of this blog post? Can you think of anymore benefits of giving up smoking? If so, please let us know in the comments below.

About the Author

This blog was written by Jennifer Smith on behalf of TABlites, the E-cigarette specialists.

I can attest to the greater amounts of energy from being smoke-free. I remember JUMPING out of bed in the morning, throwing on my runners and going for morning walks, fresh and energetic as a youngster. 

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