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10 reasons to stop smoking

10 reasons to stop smoking

Thinking of giving up smoking or cutting down on tobacco? There are countless reasons to quit smoking for good. Here are just 10 of them.

Kamran Altaf
From the Life team
4
minute read
posted 1 NOVEMBER 2019

1. Feel healthier

One of the most noticeable effects of giving up smoking is how it rapidly improves your health. Not only will your lung capacity increase by up to 10% within just nine months of quitting, but you’ll also boost your immune system, helping to fight off colds and flu.

2. Live longer

The risk of heart disease, lung cancer, chronic bronchitis and strokes increases dramatically for smokers. Quit smoking now to help minimise your chances of developing smoking-related diseases.

Worried it’s too late to reclaim your health? Keep yourself motivated by striving for these smoking-free milestones:

  • two weeks to three months: circulation and lung function improves, reducing your risk of a heart attack
  • one year: your risk of coronary heart disease halves
  • two to five years: risk of various cancers, including mouth, throat, oesophagus and bladder cancer, is cut in half. Your risk of stroke is the same as a non-smoker
  • 10 years: risk of lung cancer halves
  • 15 years: risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker.

3. Save money 

Smoking is an expensive habit, and with taxes on tobacco continuing to rise it’s not getting any cheaper. Research shows that quitting can save a 10-a-day-smoker around £135 a month.

But smoking costs more than just the price of cigarettes. It also costs NHS services and the adult social care system almost £4 billion every year in smoking-related healthcare. Government research has found that a smoke-free society could boost our economy by £12.6 billion.

4. Be less stressed

While quitting, withdrawal from nicotine can appear to heighten feelings of stress. However, scientific studies have shown that this is not the case.

Giving up nicotine can actually reduce stress levels. Replacing smoking with a healthier way of dealing with stress, such as exercise, taking time off and talking with loved ones, is the most effective way of managing and reducing stress long-term.

5. Increase your energy

Do you find yourself feeling constantly fatigued, no matter how much sleep you get?  
 
Quitting smoking increases your blood circulation and the amount of oxygen you take in, boosting your energy levels and making you feel less tired. 
 
You could start noticing the difference within as little as two to 12 weeks of quitting.  

6. Look younger

Smoking prevents your body’s ability to repair its own cells, accelerating the appearance of wrinkles and making your skin look and feel older.

Stopping smoking can help reverse a sallow smoker’s complexion by allowing your body to absorb more oxygen and nutrients.

Giving up smoking can also stop your teeth becoming stained by tobacco and reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth loss.

7. Improve your fertility

Stopping smoking can help improve fertility for both men and women.

Non-smokers not only find it easier to get pregnant, but are also less likely to have a miscarriage. Quitting also improves your chances of conceiving on IVF.

Smoking also affects fertility for men by damaging sperm.

8. Protect your children

Quitting cigarettes won’t only protect your health, it will also help protect your loved ones.

Children who regularly breath in tobacco smoke have double the risk of chest illnesses, including pneumonia, ear infections and asthma. They are also three times as likely to develop lung cancer compared with children living in a smoke-free home.

Passive smoking also increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.

9. Protect your home

Cigarette smoke stains walls and infuses its smell into carpets and soft furnishings, making it difficult to get rid of. Ash from tobacco smoke settles like dust in your home so surfaces seem dirty no matter how often you clean.

10. Cut the cost of your life insurance

Did you know that smoking affects the cost of your life insurance? Smoking increases your risk of a number of diseases, making your life insurance more expensive than it would be for a non-smoker.

However, if you’re able to stay nicotine free for at least 12 months, you may be eligible for reduced insurance rates. Contact your insurance provider to check the terms of your policy.

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