Reasons to Quit Smoking
Most smokers want to quit and there are many reasons why now is the time to start a smoke-free lifestyle:
- Save money
Smoking a pack a day in NYC costs more than $4,000 a year. After being quit for just one month, a pack per day smoker will have saved enough money to buy a new flat-screen TV!
- Improve the health of people around you.
Secondhand smoke (PDF) kills. It is made up of smoke from the end of a burning cigarette and smoke exhaled by a smoker. Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic and about 70 that can cause cancer. Breathing secondhand smoke is as dangerous as smoking. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Even brief exposure can be harmful. Secondhand smoke can even be harmful to your pets (PDF).
- Have a healthy baby.
Babies of women who smoke are more likely to be sick or die, and to be born too small or too soon. Children of mothers who smoked during pregnancy are more likely to have respiratory problems and are ten times more likely to develop asthma.
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- Have better sexual and reproductive health.
Men who smoke can have trouble getting and keeping an erection. Women who smoke have more difficulty getting and staying pregnant.
- Improve your quality of life.
Soon after you quit, your food will taste better and your sense of smell will improve.
- Look and smell better.
Quitters have younger-looking skin and whiter teeth. When you quit smoking, you will smell better and so will your breath. Your hair, clothes, car and home won't stink either.
- Feel better.
Get rid of your cough, breathe easier, have more energy and stop feeling sick all the time.
- Free yourself of addiction.
Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs known and is the most common addiction in the country. Research shows nicotine is as addictive as heroin, cocaine or alcohol.
- Live a longer life.
On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than non-smokers. The good news is quitters reduce their risk of premature death, no matter their age. Here are some more tips on healthy aging.
- Live a healthier life.
Smoking causes heart disease, stroke, diabetes, emphysema, lung and other cancers. Quitting now will reduce your risk of developing these illnesses. Whether you are a light or heavy smoker, your health improves as soon as you stop smoking.