For most people, the choice to stop smoking is on of the hardest possible choices to make – especially if you smoked for some time. Sometimes, however, all it takes is a simple mind shift. You may want to read on…
1. If you stop smoking, the risk of heart-related diseases will reduce by half after the first year. Just think about it: 50% less chance of suffering a heart attack, a stroke, or even suffering from high blood pressure – just because of one single change to your lifestyle. You will also be less inclined to be short of breath, stressed and fatigued.
2. Smoking makes you look older than you really are (see the article on “smoker’s face”), and causes stains on your teeth and fingers. Quitting will slow down the unnatural aging process, and allow you to retain your looks for longer.
3. Smoking impairs your sense of taste – just like the nicotine and tar add up in your lungs, it does so in your tongue as well, wreaking havoc on its ability to appreciate tastes. Once you quit, the deposits are gradually cleared, allowing you to fully enjoy your food again.
4. Once you quit, you also stop being mean to the ones you care about, since you no longer dump your second hand smoke on them. As such, quitting smoking can actually save the life of someone you really care about – many people have developed lung cancer and other serious medical problems from inhaling second hand smoke.
5. Non-smokers have been proven to be more fertile, increasing virility and reducing risks of miscarriage in women.
6. While smoking, your sense of smell (just like your sense of taste) is reduced. As such, you don’t smell what others around you do. Quitting will allow you to restore your sense of smelling, while you, your clothes, your house, and your car will gradually stop smelling badly.
7. You will save yourself a small fortune (see our article on the real cost of smoking), because besides not spending money on cigarettes, you will also stop de-valuating your house and car, and your medical bills will decrease.
Lastly, if you stop smoking, you are likely to live longer. Every cigarette you smoke has been said to reduce your life span by around ten minutes. How much of your life expectancy have you already wasted? Keep in mind that you did not waste the bad parts (they will probably still be there), but you have wasted the quality time left in your life.
It is never too late, yet never too early to stop smoking. Ironically, you will only be able to fully appreciate the benefits once you experience them.
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Author: Karien Venter