There are many benefits of quitting smoking. We all know that smoking cigarettes isn’t good for your health. Unfortunately, past generations learned the hard way. In the past, you could see your favorite television host with a cigarette in their hand. You could open a popular magazine and see an ad depicting people smoking and having a great time. Cigarette smoking was even allowed in hospitals. But not nowadays. This generation is lucky enough to have anti-smoking advertising all around showing the negative effects of smoking. In parts of the country, smoking has been banned in restaurants and even public parks. Even with all we know about the health risks of smoking, there are still people that smoke. But, it’s not too late to quit.
Significant Benefits of Quitting Smoking
There are many different health benefits of quitting smoking. Some happen within minutes and some happen over time. Quitting smoking causes the oxygen in your blood to go back to normal levels. Carbon monoxide levels decrease. Your heart rate and blood pressure both lower and go back to normal. Quitting smoking also lower risks of diseases including lung disease and other types of cancer, emphysema, COPD, and stroke.
Quitting smoking can save you money. Imagine how much you can save! How many packs do you smoke a week? Calculate the amount you spend in a week. Now, multiply that by 52 and see how much money you spend on cigarettes a year. Even if you only smoke a pack a day, the savings are a little over $1800 a year! You’ll also save money on future medical care if you end up with a smoking related illness. When you quit smoking, save that money and treat yourself to something special.
Make a loved one happy
If you have close people in your life who don’t smoke, they may bother you about stopping from time to time. Just keep in mind that they aren’t trying to nag or annoy you. They mean well. People know the bad health effects of smoking and don’t want to see someone they love deal with that. If you have a spouse or kids, the happiness and relief that they will feel once you quit will be immeasurable.
What it comes down to is you. First, you need to want to quit. When you are ready, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss the options you have. Quitting smoking is a tough thing to do, especially if you have smoked for a long time, but the benefits of quitting smoking far outweigh the risks. Good luck!