Is this the year you'll finally quit smoking – for good? What would it take for you to truly commit to ditching the tobacco habit? Are you one of the vast majority who've tried to quit before and have failed? If you need inspiration to quit, consider the following benefits of not smoking.
Less anxiety. It's a common misconception that taking a long drag on your cigarette will calm your nerves. Actually, it does the opposite. The nicotine tickles your brain's pleasure receptors, inducing more rapid breathing and higher blood pressure. Hint: it's the deep breathing that offers that calming effect.
Better oral hygiene. Not only will quitting decrease the risk of gum disease and oral cancer, your breath will be sweeter. According to HealthDay, smokers are at least one and a half times more likely to develop at least three oral health afflictions.
Better sex. Yes – nicotine definitely affects both your libido and your performance. And that's for both men and women. Now that's what I call a good reason to quit smoking!
Smoother skin. We've all seen those older women with the myriad of vertical lines around their lips. That's from years of sucking on cigarettes. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says just six weeks after you quit smoking your skin will begin to look fresher and healthier.
More hair. Research shows a link between male pattern baldness and cigarette smoking. Then there's the problem of the smoke stink trapped in females' gorgeous tresses. 'Nuff said.
Longer life. Quitting tobacco could help women live at least ten years longer than if they continued to smoke, according to The Lancet. Even 'light' female smokers have double the death risk compared with non-smokers.
Improved chances of conception. NBC News reports that women smokers have a 60 percent higher chance of being infertile.
Delicious food. Smoking dulls your taste buds, and in fact, one study suggests you'll have 'fewer and flatter' taste buds. Stop smoking and within a couple of weeks your food will taste scrumptious!
Less sickness. Cold symptoms are usually worse for smokers, according to Yale University researchers. Smokers' immune systems just don't respond as well as non-smokers' when exposed to flu-like viruses. Colds and flu last longer for smokers, while non-smokers fight off those bugs faster.
Have you heard enough reasons to kick the habit once and for all? Thousands of ex-smokers were able to easily transition to vaping. So … order yourself a starter kit today. It's the best investment you'll ever make, and I ought to know, because that's exactly how I did it over 2 ½ years ago!