Smoking cigarettes used to be very popular around the 1600’s. In fact, tobacco could be used to pay for nearly any item for sale. Having tobacco for trade back then was as good as gold. But as time pressed on, people began to realize the real dangers of cigarette smoke and how bad smoking really is for you.
According to the CDC, smoking cigarettes is the cause of 1 out of every 5 deaths in the United States. That accounts for over 440,000 deaths every single year from smoking alone. Additionally, tobacco use is responsible for more deaths than HIV, murders, suicides, alcohol and drug use, and car crashes combined.
So you see, smoking is far worse for you than you might initially expect. If you ask any smoker if they’re able to run for a significant period of time, most times you’ll get a resounding “No, I can’t.”
The reason for this is simple. Smoking cigarettes causes you to inhale carcinogens that destroy the functionality of the lungs. Emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, and lung cancer are all diseases that are caused by smoking.
If you’re currently a smoker, and you want to quit, the benefits you’ll experience are truly great. Here’s a few of the benefits you can expect to experience as a non-smoker:
- You’ll Smell Clean And Fresh Everyday – If you choose to become smoke free, you’ll smell fresh and clean every day, with no more lingering smells of cigarette smoke on your clothes, hair, and breath.
- You’ll Finally Be Able To Run Again – Running is a joy that most people get to experience whenever they want. It’s only the nearly 20% of people who are smokers in America that don’t get to enjoy it. Running is great for cardiovascular health and can help improve lung function in ex-smokers.
- You’ll Be Able To Attend More Social Functions – With no cigarette addiction bothering you anymore, you’ll be able to attend social functions and enjoy the peace of mind of being with friends and family the way you should. People who are able to beat their addiction to smoking are more likely to have stronger and longer lasting friendships too.
- No More Smokers Cough Or Getting Sick All The Time – It’s true that people who smoke get sick easier and more frequently than people who don’t. Quitting smoking now greatly reduces the risk of serious diseases and will eliminate that nagging smokers cough. Also, you’ll have less sick days at work and experience an increase in productivity too!
- You’ll Have A Cleaner House Without Any Cigarette Butts – Having a cleaner, smoke free home is a real blessing. You won’t have to empty ashtray after ashtray anymore, and your walls and windows won’t be stained with nicotine anymore either.
- Food Tastes A Whole Lot Better – The tastes you’ll experience after you quit smoking is like the difference between night and day. Food tastes more delicious and after you quit, and your taste buds will return to normal functioning instead of being burned by cigarette smoke.
- Your Physical Appearance Will Improve – People who quit smoking quickly realize that smoking has a lot to do with physical appearance. Smoking makes you age prematurely, and quitting now will give you a younger and more youthful complexion.
- Your Dental Health Will Improve – You can bet your bottom dollar that smoking has a lot to do with dental health. People who quit smoking often experience a total reversal of periodontal disease (gum disease). If you choose to continue smoking, you can expect your gum and teeth problems to get worse, not better.
- People Will Like And Respect You More – People that don’t smoke are usually more in touch with relationships than people who do. With no addiction on your back, you’ll be able to put what matters into perspective and work on improving the parts of your life that really make a difference. People who wind up quitting smoking are much more suitable people to be friends with than people who smoke.
- You’ll Save A Heck Of A Lot Of Money – The cost of being a cigarette smoker is at an all time high. If you do the math and figure that every carton of cigarettes costs about $50, and you go through 4 cartons per month, that’s $200 per month right there. Yearly, that’s $2,400 dollars JUST ON CIGARETTES ALONE! That money could be much better spent on more important things that actually make you happy in life.
That’s 10 good reasons why quitting would be good for you, but there’s so many more. The benefits of quitting smoking really add up, and if you’re still a smoker, we think it’s high time you at least consider quitting for the sake of your overall health.
About Author: Aileen Hines is an expert on occupational training and a prolific writer who writes extensively on health, food, technology, and education. She is also the Content Manager for CNAOnlinePrograms.net. She can be contacted for professional advice in matters related with occupation and training on Google+.