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The Benefits of Stopping Smoking

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

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There is nothing more positive that you can do for your health than to stop smoking. By stopping smoking you are eliminating the source of your ill health. Nicotine is pure poison. One drop of nicotine can kill a person weighing 140 pounds. Cigarettes are composed of 4,000 chemicals including known carcinogens, poisonous solvents, and even embalming fluid. E-cigarette pods have the equivalent of nicotine in one pack of cigarettes. E-cigarettes have recently been associated with death, new lung diseases, seizures, and throat problems. E-cigarettes change the DNA of a person's throat within a matter of days. Nicotine pollutes the mind, the body, and the spirit. In recovering from your addiction, you will begin the process towards health on all levels of your being.


You will improve the quality of your health: more breath, greater breathing capacity, more energy, more vitality, greater stamina, no more wheezing and smoker's cough, improved sense of smell and taste, and better circulation. In stopping smoking, you reduce the chances of the serious consequences of smoking; such as, lung cancer, heart attack, stroke, and emphysema. Once stopped, there are fewer allergy problems, the sinuses heal, you have a cleaner mouth, cleaner teeth, less gum disease, and fewer colds. If you are attempting to have a baby, you greatly increase your chances by stopping smoking, a known cause of infertility. You will also have a longer life. On the average, smokers die 8.3 years earlier than non-smokers.


Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in the entire world. As an equal opportunity destroyer, nicotine kills approximately 400,000 Americans each year. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, tobacco kills more Americans each year than alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroin, homicide, suicide, car accidents, fires, and AIDS combined. Nicotine also causes death in non-smokers due to secondhand smoke, killing 53,000 nonsmokers in the U.S. each year, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.


Self Esteem


Through the surrendering of this addiction, you will derive a deep sense of accomplishment. In regaining control of your life, you regain self-trust due to the positive, new choices you are making to not smoke. You become accountable, and thereby, mature to the point where you are finally bigger than your addiction. You regain your self-esteem in the most meaningful way because until now, your addiction to cigarettes has run your life. You begin to have a positive view of yourself and a better outlook on your life. Through stopping smoking, you will see yourself winning at the game of life.


Save Money


Smoking costs not only your health and self-esteem, but it also costs a lot of money. Depending on where you live and what your buying habits are, if cigarettes cost $7. per pack, you spend $2,464 a year for a pack a day habit, $4,928 for a two pack a day habit. It costs slightly less to for pods to vape, but maintaining the devices are an added cost that ends up being about the same as with cigarettes. It costs less to quit than it does to smoke. Consider also the added medical costs due to your smoking and vaping; the additional trips to the doctor needed for the regular respiratory illnesses, the additional dental visits needed just to get the stains off of your teeth from the nicotine, plus the gum deterioration that is caused by your smoking. On top of that, add the additional cleaning bills because of the toll your smoking takes on your clothes and household fabrics.


Enthusiasm


Your zest for living is awakened when you begin to make positive, rather than negative choices. You regain self-confidence, and feel empowered by your success as an ex- smoker/vaper. Recovering from this addiction can lead to taking on other important personal challenges in other areas of your life.


More Time and Improved Productivity


Smoking/vaping wastes time. You will have more time to get on with your life. You won’t need to sneak away so that you can have a cigarette or a hit off your e cigarette to make decisions, plan, relax, enjoy, etc. You will be simply living your life on life’s terms. You won’t be distracted by your need for nicotine at work or play. You will be able to stay focused, and enjoy improved energy for living.


Improved Appearance


You will have more color in the pigmentation of your skin. You will get fewer wrinkles. You will smell better. You will look and feel cleaner. You won’t have burnt cigarette holes in your clothes or spilled nicotine from leaky e-cigarette devices. The sound of your voice will become more resonant and less scratchy. You will appear more attractive to others. You will look healthier. You will be sexier, as you won’t smell like stale cigarettes. And, your friends and family won’t be susceptible to the real dangers of secondhand smoke.


Peace of Mind


The anxiety over the harmful consequences of smoking will leave you. You will no longer worry about what your smoking is doing to your body, or to your loved ones. You will no longer worry about when to quit. As time goes on, the compulsion to smoke will leave you. The voice that tells you to smoke will quiet down. You will recognize that voice for what it is – just a desire to smoke. Urges will no longer be a “big deal,” as you will have the tools for dealing with them. No longer a prey to your addiction, you will cease feeling that you "have" to smoke. You will finally be free. These benefits are not extravagant promises. You deserve them. You had them from birth. You have a chance to regain them. If you wish to gain the benefits, then Choose a Smokefree Life. Click here.

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