By now, most people are aware of the negative effects smoking has on your health. It’s probably even safe to assume that smokers themselves are aware of the health risks they take every time they light up – from lung cancer, to emphysema, to heart disease and stroke.
But, nicotine addiction is a powerful one, and unfortunately, there are just some people who aren’t as concerned with their health and future well being as they should be. While smoking rates are lower than they were in the past, there are still an estimated 45.3 million adults who smoke in the US, and smoking remains the number one avoidable cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
So, for those who aren’t motivated by the more urgent health reasons to kick the habit, we offer these 7 surprising reasons to quit smoking:
- You’ll save money. Not only will you save on the ever-rising taxes charged for cigarettes, you’ll also save a fortune in the cost of healthcare for smoking-related illnesses.
- Your sex life will improve. Smoking decreases circulation in your body, making arousal more difficult in both men and women. Don’t forget about how you’ll be more attractive to your partner when you no longer smell like an ash tray.
- You’ll feel more well-rested. Studies have shown that nicotine withdrawl during the night leads to a less restful night’s sleep.
- Your bones will be stronger. Women who smoke have been shown to lose more bone mass than non-smokers – particularly post-menopausal women.
- You’ll get more caffeine bang for your buck. Smokers clear caffeine from their bodies 56% faster than non-smokers, causing them to need to consume more.
- Foods will taste better. Smoking affects your taste buds, diminishing your ability to taste and enjoy food.
- You’ll be more attractive. Smoking not only stains your teeth yellow, it’s been shown to age your skin more rapidly.
For more information on reasons to quit, methods of quitting, and how your doctor can help, read the Vitals Smoking Cessation Guide.
Sources: health.com and cdc.gov