If you are a smoker there will probably be no reason that is convincing enough to make you quit. As an addiction, it’s usually surrounded with excuses (“Now is not a good time for me to quit“), promises (“I’ll make this my new year’s resolution…eventually”) and irrational fears of what might happen if you quit. (“I’ll gain a lot of weight”, “It would drive me crazy”). We know that one reason to quit is not nearly as strong as 50, so that’s what you are getting: not a list of all the awful things that may happen when you smoke, but the great ones that will happen when you quit.
You’ll lower your chances of lung cancer
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women; about 1 out of 4 cancer deaths are from lung cancer. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.
You’ll protect your heart…
The chemicals in tobacco smoke harm your blood cells and can damage the function of your heart and the structure and function of your blood vessels. This damage increases your risk of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a disease in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up in the arteries.
…and your liver
Almost a quarter of liver cancers are caused by smoking. Smokers who drink large amounts of alcohol may have a risk that is almost 10 times higher than people who don’t smoke or drink.
Less risk of diabetes
Smoking use can increase blood sugar levels and lead to insulin resistance. The more you smoke, the greater your risk of diabetes. People who smoke over 20 cigarettes a day have double the chances of developing diabetes compared with people who don’t.
Have better intimacy
Smoking has a negative impact on your sexual performance. For years, studies have shown that the habit of smoking causes erectile dysfunction due to poor and lower blood flow to the penis.
Have a successful pregnancy
Smoker or ex- smokers have higher rates of having an ectopic pregnancy. Smoking damages the fallopian tubes’ ability to move the fertilized egg into the uterus. Pelvic inflammatory disease can create scar tissue in the fallopian tubes.
See the world
Smoking is directly linked to two of the leading causes of vision loss, cataracts and macular degeneration. In fact, researchers believe smoking can contribute to a number of other eye health issues.
Lower chances of tuberculosis
Studies show that smoking tobacco increases the risk of recurrent TB. It appears in the April issue of the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and if you had it, you could have it again.
Hold your partner’s hand
Someone’s risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis isn’t limited to genetic predisposition. Researchers suspect that tobacco ignites faulty immune functioning in people who are genetically predisposed to rheumatoid arthritis
Lower chances of colorectal cancer
Long-term cigarette smoking is associated with increased risk of colorectal cancer mortality in both men and women. Clear reduction in risk is observed with early smoking cessation. Quit now!
Stop being a drag
Secondhand smoke kills 42,000 from heart disease and 3,400 from lung cancer. And also affects your social life: nobody wants to stand close to the one who can make you sick.
Better medical care
Medical care of smokers costs $289 billion dollars a year. If nobody smoked, all of that budget money could be used by people with conditions that didn’t depend on them to avoid.
Win years of your life
Smoking can decrease over 10 years of life. Ten years! You could travel, laugh, dance, love and do so much in ten years that…do you still need any more reasons to put that smoke out of your life for good?
Less chances of a stroke
Smoking can increase your risk of stroke. If a clot forms in an artery leading to the brain, it can cause a blockage, cutting the blood supply and causing a stroke. This is known as an ischaemic stroke. Smoking nearly doubles your risk of having one.
Practically avoid bladder cancer
The following factors may raise a person’s risk of developing bladder cancer: tobacco. The most common risk factor is cigarette smoking, although smoking cigars and pipes can also raise the risk of developing bladder cancer. Smokers are 4 to 7 times more likely to develop bladder cancer.
Reduce in half the chances of cervical cancer
Female smokers have double risk of developing cervical cancer, but there is a very good and effective way to split that chance in half: quit smoking. Seriously, quit smoking today.
Empower your inmune system
Smoking causes inflammatory changes in your lungs, diverts your immune system from fighting infections and even from rooting out cancer cells. If your immune system is Superman, think of smoking as kryptonite.
Reduce your children’s chances of cleft palates
Smoking During Pregnancy can increase the risk of Cleft Lip and Palate. Women who smoke while pregnant are 50% to 70% more likely than nonsmokers to give birth to a baby with a cleft lip or palate, according to the University of Michigan Health System.
Give cancer treatment a real chance
If you’ve had or will receive radiation therapy, smoking and radiation therapy combined dramatically increases your lung cancer risk. It’s never too late to stop smoking. If you’re having radiation therapy, it’s even more important to try to quit.
Have a much healthier life
When your immune system is weakened from smoking as we have listed before, you can easily get common illnesses easier than someone with a full functioning immune system. Still not quitting?
Smoking can harm and discolor yor teeth, fingernails and don’t let us even get started on skin looks: you are constantly throwing first and second hand smoke directly at your pores and yes, you will wrinkle faster than a non smoker.
You’ll have more money
Think about how much it costs to buy a pack of cigarettes a day. Now multiply by seven for each time of the week. Now do the same 52 times, and read the number: that’s all the money you could have in a year if you stop now.
Have more free time
Smoking a cigarette only take a few minutes (from five to ten), but multiply those minutes on how many times you smoke a day: it may be that extra hour of sleep you are missing on, time to go grocery shopping or watch a tv show you love.
Smell like a dream
Parfum can help, but can’t truly erase the smell of tobacco: when you stop smoking your clothes, hair, house, curtains and fingers will stop reeking off smokes and start smelling fresh. And yes, your sense of smell will be better too.
Be a better family member
Your family is at constant risk due to secondhand smoke, so by quitting the habit you won’t only be contributing to improve your health but everyone’s around you. If you can’t find the will power to do it for yourself, do it for them.
Avoid animal testing
You may have never consider this, but even if you are vegan, avoid make up tested beauty brands and smoke, you are not really helping them: animals are commonly used to verify dangers of smoking.
Cigarette smoke is filled with harmful chemicals including nicotine, hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide. Smoking increases the chance that your bones and tissue may not heal well, that the area may become infected, and osteoporosis.
Because nicotine is a stimulant, smokers can develop insomnia if they smoke frequently and close to bedtime. And one study found that women in late mid-life who smoke are even more susceptible to developing insomnia
Cigarette smoking might cause hearing loss. Smokers are about 70% more likely than non-smokers to suffer hearing loss, according to a study including more than 3,000 participants.
Take a vacation
Want to take a vacation somewhere where smoking is prohibited? Puerto Rico, England, New Zealand and France now only operates smoke-free restaurants and bars, among other countries.
Take care of your skin
Cigarette smoking may increase existing psoriasis, and highlights the need for people with the skin condition to quit smoking as soon as possible. To stop the risk of getting this disease, stop smoking.
Cigarette smoking leads to poor circulation of blood, which causes cold feet and hands even when the actual temperature is not so low. Stop smoking today and enjoy warm hands and feet sooner than you think.
Have fewer cups of coffee
Your body needs double caffeine when you are smoking. Consuming more than 500-600 mg of caffeine a day may lead to insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, an upset stomach, a fast heartbeat and even muscle tremors.
When a woman takes any form of contraceptive with smoking habits it increases the risk of dangerous side effects, including lethal diseases. Also, the contraceptives may not work as well on smokers as they do if you don’t smoke.
Avoid Crohn’s disease
Studies show that people who smoke are more likely to develop Crohn’s Disease, and research shows that smoking increases the severity of it. In contrast, smoking appears to decrease the severity of Ulcerative Colitis, although it still carries many other health risks.
You won’t get acid reflux anymore
Smokers have severe heartburn and acid reflux, which is not only uncomfortable to live with and have normal daily activities, but can even be extremely painful, with symptoms that can even be confused with a heart attack.
You’ll lose weight
If you haven’t noticed it, you tend to eat more when you are smoking: even if it’s in a social situation or as a result of the anxiety that nicotine can provide. Stop smoking and you will eat less.
Get a cleaner home
It may not be right away, but usually yellow stains appear on the walls of smoker’s house and curtains. Stop spending time and money in repainting your home to look tidy and instead, drop that pack of cigarettes right now.
Have better hair
Yes, cigarette smoke may accelerate hair loss and premature graying. The association was largely attributed to toxins in smoke that can harm hair follicles and damage hormones. Have a great hair with no smell by quitting today.
It will help your pets
Studies have shown that animals as well face health risks when exposed to the toxins in secondhand smoke, from respiratory problems, allergies and even nasal and lung cancer in dogs and lymphoma in cats.
Your health insurance will be cheaper
Nonsmokers pay 20% to 30% less life insurance rates. Now add that difference to how much you would be saving monthly without the nasty habit and think how much it would add up in a year. Sounds like a vacation to me.
Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor that reduces nutritional blood flow to the skin, resulting in tissue ischemia and impaired healing of injured tissue. Smoker’s blood flow is not as good as non smokers, so it does affect this part of your life too.
Keep children safe
Secondhand smoke affects everybody, but specially it can add up risks to infants by damaging their brains, hearts, noses and lungs. If you really think about this one, smoking doesn’t seem appealing at all, does it?
You’ll have an easier menopause
Each cigarette you smoke, can adversely affect your menopausal symptoms. Not only can smoking make menopause show up earlier, it can also make menopausal symptoms more severe for women who use tobacco.
Have a family if you are a man
Want to be a dad? Smoking can damage the antioxidant levels in semen. Antioxidants protect sperm from hurting from free radicals, and it can affect their motility and ability to fertilize an egg.
Make a match
Dating website Match.com conducted a poll and 58% of its users declined to date a smoker: which after all these reasons seems like more than reasonable. Why cut your chances of finding love over one habit that is hurting every aspect of your life?
Smoking has long been known as an increaser of risks of cancer and heart diseases, but studies show that smoking more than two packs of cigarettes daily from age 50 to 60 increases risk of dementia later in life.
Be a mom if you want to
Women who smoke usually take longer to conceive than non-smokers and are more likely to have fertility problems. Women who smoke usually have an increased risk of infertility and might take longer to get pregnant.
Lower the chances of Alzheimer’s disease
People who are smokers in their midlife years are usually doubling their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia even two decades later. Stop now and save your future self some serious issues.
Smoking raises the risk of developing lupus, but quitting cuts that risk. Systemic lupus erythematosus known as lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that can cause inflammation, pain, and tissue damage on the body.