Reasons to Quit Smoking
Reason #1: I want to be healthy.
- Smoking can shorten your life span. In fact, it is the leading cause of preventable death in the US. Cancers of the lung, esophagus, mouth, and stomach have all been linked to smoking. Quitting smoking may decrease your chance of getting cancer.
- Smoking affects many parts of the body causing conditions like:
- Smokers tend to have higher blood pressure rates. When you stop smoking, your heart rate and blood pressure will decrease.
- In a few hours after quitting, carbon monoxide levels start to decrease in your blood. Carbon monoxide prevents your blood from carrying oxygen to parts of your body.
- In a few weeks after quitting, your blood circulation improves, and you will not cough or wheeze so much. You will also have less mucus.
- Several months after quitting, your lung function improves.
- You will also notice that your sense of smell and taste improves. Foods may actually taste better!
Reason #2: I want to feel good.
- You will have more energy and focus.
- You will not feel out of breath.
- You will feel more in control of your life.
Reason #3: I want to look good.
- If you quit smoking you will have better smelling:
- You will have fewer wrinkles.
- You will have whiter teeth.
Reason #4: My family and others around me will be healthier too.
- A pregnant woman may have a miscarriage.
- The baby may be born too small or die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Makes them cranky, restless, and more likely to get sick
- Makes them more likely to have learning problems
Reason #5: I want to save money.
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Smoke Free http://www.smokefree.gov
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2013
- Update Date: 00/81/2013