Reasons to Quit Smoking
Reasons to Quit Smoking
Reason #1: I want to be healthy.
- Smoking can shorten your life span. Cancers of the lung, esophagus, mouth, and stomach have all been linked to smoking. Quitting smoking may decrease your chance of getting cancer.
- Smoking affects all parts of the body causing conditions like:
- Your heart rate and blood pressure will return to normal. (Smokers tend to have high rates.)
- In a few hours after quitting, carbon monoxide levels start to decrease in your blood. (Carbon monoxide is bad because it prevents your blood from carrying oxygen to parts of your body.)
- In a few weeks after quitting, your blood circulation improves, and you will not cough or wheeze so much. You will also have less mucus.
- Several months after quitting, your lung function improves.
- You will also notice that your sense of smell and taste improves. Foods may actually taste better!
Reason #2: I want to feel good.
- You will have more energy and focus.
- You will not feel out of breath.
- You will feel more in control of your life.
Reason #3: I want to look good.
- If you quit smoking you will have better smelling:
- You will have fewer wrinkles.
- You will have whiter teeth.
Reason #4: My family and others around me will be healthier too.
- A pregnant woman may lose her baby (miscarriage).
- The baby may be born too small or die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Makes them cranky, restless, and more likely to get sick
- Makes them more likely to have learning problems
Reason #5: I want to save money.
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- Reviewer: Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
- Review Date: 07/2011 -
- Update Date: 08/16/2012 -