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Why You Should Quit Smoking

Why should you quit smoking?

Most smokers say they want to quit. So how do you move from wanting to quit to actually quitting? First, you must decide the motivation behind your reasons for wanting to quit. You cannot quit because someone else wants you to – you have to do it for yourself. Think of the reasons why you would be better off without a cigarette in your hand.

Your Health

  • Your health begins to improve the second you stop smoking, AND you begin to to lessen your risk of developing many smoking related illnesses. Smoking causes or contributes to many serious health problems, including
    • Cancers of the lung, throat, mouth, voice box, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, bladder, cervix, uterus, stomach, breast, and blood.
    • Lung Disease
    • Heart Disease
    • Stroke
    • Atherosclerosis (hardening/narrowing of the arteries)
    • Gum Disease
    • Eye Diseases that can lead to blindness
    • Osteoporosis
  • Smoking also:
    • Makes illnesses last longer
    • Causes more wound infections after surgery
    • Makes it harder to get pregnant and stay pregnant

Your Quality Of Life

  • When you quit, you will never again have to leave your workplace, your home, or other places to smoke. You won't need to worry about whether your smoke is bothering others. The money you would have spent on cigarettes can be saved or used to buy other things. Plus, you will be surprised by how good you feel overall. Over time, some of the ways you will look and feel better are:
    • You will breathe more easily.
    • You will have more energy.
    • Your lungs will be stronger, making it easier to be active.
    • You will be able to smell and taste things better.
    • You hair, breath, and clothes will smell better.
    • The stain marks on your fingers will fade.
    • Your skin will look healthier.
    • Your teeth and gums will be healthier.
    • You will feel good about being able to quit!

Other People’s Health

  • When you quit, you no longer create secondhand smoke, which is harmful to the people around you, and especially children. When you quit, you become a role-model to children and other smokers who want to quit. When you quit, your own children are less likely to grow up to become smokers themselves.

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