You’ve probably tried to quit smoking several times through the years. You may have tried to give up several times in one day. It isn’t easy. If it were, there would be a lot fewer smokers in the world.
If you’re looking for more reasons that you need to quit your bad habit, there are dozens and dozens. Here are some of the biggest reasons that millions of Americans are putting down those cigs for good.
Why You Should Quit Smoking Today
1) Your Doctor Will Thank You
You’ve heard this for years: smoking is bad for your health. But do you know just HOW bad it is?
Being a smoker increases your chance for dozens of different health complications like heart attacks, strokes, cancer, and much more. Kicking the habit could be the difference between optimal health and going back-and-forth between doctors.
2) Life Insurance
Having a life insurance policy is the best protection that you can give your family members. If you were to pass away, they might be left with any debt, mortgage, and unpaid expenses. But a life insurance policy can give them the money they need to pay off all of those bills.
Life Insurance policies for smokers are going to cost much more than it would a non-smoker. In fact, tobacco users can expect to pay twice, if not three times more than a person that doesn’t smoke.
Yes, you NEED to have life insurance – but you don’t have to pay through the roof for your coverage. Thus, the best solution is to quit smoking today.
3) Your Pearly Whites
Smoking can wreck havoc on your teeth and oral health. Those cigarettes not only stain your teeth making them look yellow, but they also increase the chances of tooth decay, cause sensitive teeth, and heighten your chances of gum disease.
Brush all you want to, but those yellow stains aren’t going to come off with just a regular toothbrush. If you want to have the best smile possible, smoking is going to keep you very short of reaching that point.
4) Health Insurance
Everyone knows that healthcare is expensive. Every time you go to the doctor, have to go to the hospital, or need surgery done, you’ll find several massive bills in your mailbox.
Health insurance is an excellent tool to offset those rising medical costs. Similar to life insurance, if you’re a smoker, expect to pay more for your health insurance than someone that doesn’t pick up those cigarettes.
Tobacco users pay an average of 50 percent more for health insurance coverage, which can add up to thousands of dollars. Quit smoking today so you can put that cash somewhere else.
5) Loss of Taste
Who doesn’t love a nice hot doughnut? Or a warm slice of pizza fresh out of the oven?
If you enjoy eating your favorite comfort foods and can almost taste them now, you should kick your bad habit once and for all. For years, we have known that smoking hurts your sense of smell; but it can also make your taste buds much less effective.
A hospital in France conducted a study that showed smokers were much less efficient at tasting different flavors and their intensity than non-smokers. Sure, you love those taste of those cigarettes, but does it beat being able to taste your favorite delicious treats for the rest of your life?
6) Enjoy a Longer Life
Not only will quitting smoking help you be able to taste your favorite foods, but it will let you eat them longer.
Smoking is bad for your health, as we mentioned above, but it could be much worse than that. It could be taking more than decade off of your life.
A study from the New England Journal of Medicine looked at data from over 200,000 Americans and showed that people who smoke consistently for a long time could be knocking ten years off of their lifespan.
Luckily, the study also showed that if you quit smoking, you could help you gain some of those years back.
7) More Money in Your Pocket
Sure, you realize that you’re spending a good bit of money every time that you buy a pack of cigarettes, but do you know just how much money you’re spending?
Let’s assume that you spend around $25 a week on cigarettes. That’s not too bad, right? Well, that translates to around $100 a month, ouch!
But it gets worse. That means you’re spending $1,200 a year on that bad habit of yours – and this doesn’t account for the extra money you’re spending on life and health insurance, dentists bills, and more doctor’s bills because of your smoking.
What would happen if you were to invest that $100 per month? You could be actually smoking away your retirement.
8) You’ll Look Better
Once upon a time, you may have thought that those cigarettes would make you look cool. But in reality, they are ruining your looks. Not only are they going to stain your teeth, but they are also causing early wrinkles, bags under your eyes, and thinning hair.
If you were a high-school student in a leather jacket in the 60’s, cigarettes might have helped you look cool then. But now, they are just making you look years older than you actually are.
9) Breathe a (Healthier) Sigh of Relief
Have you noticed that you get winded easier than you used to? It may not mean that you’re out of shape, it could be those awful smoking sticks. All the chemicals that are in cigarettes can cause damage to your lungs that result in shortness of breath. You could find yourself huffing and puffing just by trying to walk to the kitchen.
10) Protecting Those around You
If your own health doesn’t convince you to quit smoking, maybe the health of those around you will.
The effects of second-hand smoke have been debated for as long as people have been smoking cigarettes, but we are finally starting to get a clearer picture of what it actually does to those around us.
It may not think that it’s harming those around you when you light one up, but according to the CDC, second-hand smoke still has over 7,000 different chemicals that can cause cancer. In fact, 2.5 million nonsmoking Americans have died because of second-hand smoke.
Additionally, it has been shown to be the cause of asthma in millions of children and young adults.
Do you need any more reasons to quit smoking NOW?
These are only ten of the dozens and dozens of different reasons that you should finally put down those cigarettes once and for all. It isn’t easy, but as you can see, the benefits are endless. You’ll feel better, smell better, and have hundreds of more dollars.
With all of these advantages, how can you afford NOT to quit smoking?
If you want to quit, but don’t think you’ll be able to do it, talk to your doctor and they can recommend resources and techniques that can drastically improve your chances of quitting for good