WHAT ARE the real benefits of stopping smoking?
Smoking kills about half of its users prematurely. Undoubtedly the best reason to stop smoking is because you want to, and you feel it’s the right time to quit.
Reasons to stop smoking
Your health: On average, smokers lose 10 years of their life because of their habit. Some of the health reasons to stop smoking include: reducing the risk of getting life-threatening diseases like lung cancer; reducing the risk of disability from chronic illness; improving your general health so you get fewer colds and minor illnesses; helping you to heal more quickly making medication work better; reducing the risks associated with surgery.
Your money: Smoking is an expensive habit. If you smoke an average 20-a-day, you will smoke 7,300 cigarettes a year. Even if you buy cheaper brands, that still means you spend at least £1,500 on cigarettes every year. So the cost of smoking really mounts up.
It’s not just the obvious cost of cigarettes that you have to think about. As well as the price of cigarettes, think about the less obvious costs such as health insurance premiums.
Try out the online Cost calculator to work out how much you could save by quitting.
Other people’s health:
Stop smoking for the sake of your friends and family. A non-smoker who lives with a smoker may be exposed to about 1% of their tobacco smoke from passive smoking. This can increase their chances of developing lung cancer or dying from a heart attack. Many smokers decide to stop to improve their chances of seeing their children or grandchildren grow up. Starting a family is often a big incentive to quit. Or maybe you just want to be able to kiss the people you love without worrying about your breath!
Your looks: Sometimes it’s the little things that count. Quitting smoking will improve how you look. Perhaps you’re sick of having stained teeth and fingers. Or you have wrinkles that make you look older than you are. Stopping smoking can have positive effects on your skin. You will improve your skin tone and colour. You’re less likely to get wrinkles round your eyes and mouth from squinting when smoke gets in your eyes, and puckering up when you draw on a cigarette. Quitting smoking lowers your chances of developing psoriasis, a chronic skin condition that can be extremely uncomfortable and disfiguring. If you’d like some help and advice on stopping smoking or staying stopped, call Smokeline free on 0800 84 84 84 any time between 9am and 9pm 7 days a week or go to www.canstopsmoking.com