The advantages of quitting smoking - here is a list of reasons to consider
Are you thinking about quitting? Maybe you want to cut back on smoking? Then you have come to the right place.
Here we have listed a number of positive things about quitting that can boost your motivation. You will also find some useful tips to help you out along the way.
And don’t forget to celebrate every accomplishment - no matter how small - every cigarette you don’t smoke is a victory! The body can heal itself much faster than you might think. Once you have decided to quit smoking, you can look forward to a range of health benefits. Here are a few:
Tobacco use decreases your sense of taste and smell. After only a few days without a cigarette, you will feel your taste buds come back to life. Food and drinks start to taste better! You may even discover that the side dish you once found a bit bland and boring becomes a new favourite. 🥗
2. Better sex life
When you stop smoking, your sex drive recovers. This applies to both men and women, especially if you are a little older. Smoking has been shown to have a negative impact on one’s sex drive and to limit sexual pleasure. If you are considering having children, sex and smoking are a bad combination. Smoking has a negative effect on both male and female reproductive organs, which can make it more difficult to get pregnant and can also affect your baby's health later on.
3. Better skin
Tobacco has a variety of unhealthy substances that contaminate your skin and give it a dull, slightly greyish tone. Smoking can limit the availability of collagen in your skin. This leads to a loss of skin elasticity. Once you stop smoking, you will notice your skin become smoother with a more natural glow. 💎
4. Fresher mouth feel
Smoking wreaks havoc on your mouth, teeth and gums.
Once you stop smoking, your breath will be fresher, and it will be easier to fix discoloured teeth. When you are a smoker, it can be easy to overlook gum inflammation. Blood circulation is weakened when you smoke, which can make your gums look healthier than they actually are. Once you stop smoking, your gums can become sensitive and you may even notice some bleeding when you brush your teeth - these are signs that your dental health was not so great before.
5. Better blood circulation
Your blood circulation improves! You can sometimes notice your circulation improve as early as 2 weeks after you stop smoking. When the blood is able to transport oxygen through the body more efficiently, you can recover faster from exercise, for example, or heal more quickly after surgery.
6. Lower blood pressure
Smoking can increase your blood pressure and pulse. When you stop smoking, your blood pressure recovers to a more normal level. Blood pressure is a bit tricky and not everyone responds the same way. But lower blood pressure reduces the risk of diseases such as stroke, heart attack and heart failure.
7. Snore less
Smoking causes inflammation of the mucous membranes thus contributing to snoring. This can affect the quality of sleep for you and those around you. Poor sleep quality presents both mental and physical risks.
8. Strengthened immune system
When you stop smoking, you also strengthen your immune system. It is then easier for your body to fight off colds and other illnesses.
9. Increased lung capacity
You can feel your lung capacity improve after just a couple of smoke-free weeks. This means that you will have an easier time moving around and engaging in physical activities that you may have been avoiding.
10. Less coughing
You may notice more coughing when you first stop smoking. This type of cough is actually a good sign - it means your lungs are recovering. There’s no need to worry. It won’t last too long. 😊
11. Reduced cancer risk
Your risk of developing cancer is reduced when you stop smoking. It is never too late to reduce your risk. A cigarette produces 7,000 different substances, many with tremendously harmful effects on the body. Second-hand smoke also increases the risk of cancer for those around you.
How many smokers want to stop?
According to the Public Health Agency of Sweden, about 7 per cent of Swedes between the ages of 16 to 84 are daily smokers. The proportion of smokers has been decreasing in recent years. How many smokers have tried to stop or would like to stop is difficult to determine.
Are there any benefits to continuing smoking?
Simply put - no. Cigarette smoke contains a host of toxic substances that seriously damage your health.
Why should I stop smoking? | why should I continue smoking?
Refraining from smoking is simply one of the best things you can do for your health.
Blood pressure and pulse return to normal levels
Heart attack risk drops
Cancer risk drops
Blood clot risk drops
Better sex life
Better oral health
You protect those around you
Sense of taste and smell improves
Why do people start smoking? | why would you start smoking?
There are many answers to this question. People often start smoking at a very young age - they want to feel like an adult. It could be about searching for one’s identity. The reason people continue to smoke even though they know it is dangerous is due to the fact that cigarettes are highly addictive.
Why is smoking so dangerous?
You ingest a host of toxic substances that can seriously damage your health. You also risk harming those around you through second-hand smoke. Smoking causes: