5 Reasons To Ditch The Cigs
Okay, so smoking is bad for you. Hardly the most ground-breaking statement ever cast, but true all the same. There are many methods of giving up smoking from nicotine patches, gum and of course e cigarettes. These days there are many options to help you quit smoking and we will focus on the benefits of giving up today!
Public attitude to smoking has taken a massive change of direction over the last couple of decades. These days, even the most hardcore of smokers accept that cigarettes are bad for their health, whereas before it was a case of “she lived to 105 and smoked ten a day”.
While we could point out all of the negative effects and damage to the body that smoking causes, it’s safe to assume that most smokers are sick of hearing about them. We know a cigarette is bad for us – there’s no need to go banging on about all of the ill effects, and please, quit it with the gory pictures.
Instead, it’s more beneficial to point out the advantages that quitting smoking has on your body, your brain, your finances and your life in general.
Obviously, the biggest reason people decide to quit the smokes is for health reasons. From the moment you call it a day, the body undergoes a massive amount of recovery.
When you cease smoking, the body undergoes an immediate change. Your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal levels – during smoking sessions they are extremely high. While some smokers may not notice this change, it is the starting point on a massive road of recovery. Within just a few hours, the carbon monoxide levels in the blood begins to decrease, allowing the blood to flow easily, and carry greater supplies of oxygen.
Within A Few Short Weeks
As disgusting as it may sound, you’ll start producing less phlegm within a few weeks of ceasing the smokes. You won’t cough as much, and wheezing will cease. Your circulation improves, having beneficial effects on your attitude and what you are capable of doing. Exercise and everyday activities no longer leave you feeling short of breath. You can push yourself further, no matter what your career or lifestyle. The entire cardiac function slowly improves. Your taste and smell senses improve, making food and drink taste much better – an improvement that is easily noticed by all ex-smokers.
In The Future
Lung functions improve in just a few months after having quit. Within a year, the risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke is completely halved. In just five years, the risk of many types of cancers meets the same level of risk as somebody who has never smoked.
In ten to fifteen years, due to massive lung improvements, the risk of lung diseases are made less likely. All manner of bodily improvements occur, including the regeneration of broken nerves in the mouth and nose, making tastes and smells significantly greater. For women taking birth control pills, the risk of heart attack and stroke – due to clotting – is reduced. And if pregnant, quitting smoking protects unborn children against sudden infant death syndrome and low birth weights. Ceasing the cigs also reduces the risk for impotence and infertility.
Ultimately, your health will be improved no end from the moment you first ditch the smokes. From that moment on, all manner of benefits will be noticed, and many years can be potentially added to your life.
The amount spent on cigarettes and rolling tobacco is enormous. A twenty-a-day smoker, as of 2017, will be spending at least a year. That’s a lot of money. When you quit smoking, it’s always a good idea to use your finances as an incentive to keep away from the cigarettes – such as putting money aside from what would have been spent on the smokes, with the aim of saving up for a holiday, or a new car, or any other treat. With something in mind, it can make the whole process so much easier.
And, besides, everyday living costs will be made significantly easier. Everything from the phone bill to the grocery shop will be made lighter, with more cash in your pocket.
While it is very rarely a reason to quit smoking, the improvement in appearance is a welcome part of the process. It’s these little changes that help you keep away from that crafty drag.
Your teeth will start to look better without the staining of tar, and in turn, your breath will be fresher. And, without all that smoke surrounding your person, your clothes will smell better. Everything that was once common ceases to exists, such as the yellowing of your fingers, and the occasional blister where a cigarette has been incorrectly stubbed out.
Your skin will improve. You reduce the likelihood of early wrinkles, or less of them. You’ll look younger – smoking can potentially put years on top of your actual age. And, for those in the dating game, your chances of finding a potential partner are increased, due to your new-found better looks. All in all, giving up the smokes can work wonders for your appearance.
If you have children and smoke, the likelihood that your children will start smoking is significantly increased. This snowball effect is one of the main reasons people decide to quit. It’s also a massive incentive, helping make the process less painful. When you’re doing something for the ones you love, and the ones that are closest to you, you have that emotional reward to keep the fight up.
And, of course, let’s not forget the ill effects of passive smoking. Your nearest and dearest are the innocent party that takes the brunt of your smoking sessions. This can be used as another powerful incentive to avoid lighting up around them, and applied at other times, too.
There are, of course, many other reasons why a smoker decides enough is enough. Some of the more fortunate among smokers may just decide that they’re going to quit, and that’s that. The majority, however, don’t find it that easy, and they find other reasons to stick it out.
The options are vast, and we all have our own little way of finding something to target – something to concentrate on – to keep the demons away. The journey can be a painful one, and a long one, with lots of harrowing twists and turns, but the rewards are beyond spectacular, and worth every ounce of effort.
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