Ready, Set, Go: It’s Your Turn to Quit Smoking

Ready to quit smoking? This article will help you in your quest for better health and a longer life ... photo by CC user dasqfamily on flickr

You’ve tried to quit smoking before, but it never seems to work. Unfortunately, your story isn’t all that unusual. Each year, thousands of people try to kick the habit and fail. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are seven more reasons that may help reinvigorate you to try again.

You’re Going To Save Serious Money

Cigarettes cost upwards of $15 or more per pack. If you’re a pack-a-day smoker, you’ll end up saving $400 a month. That’s a significant amount of money. Even if you’re a half-a-pack a day smoker, that’s still $200 that you could put towards something else. What could you do with an extra $200 to $400 a month?

You’ll Have Better Health

It’s no secret that smokers have bad lungs, but they also have bad everything else. Smoking is immunosuppressive, and it affects organ systems other than just your lungs. Your heart, kidneys, and virtually every other system is affected by the toxins in cigarettes.

Smoking can also lead to more serious diseases like heart disease and diabetes. If you’re already diabetic, unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to reverse the disease. You will need to use OneTouch Ping Insulin Pumps to control your insulin levels, continuously monitor your blood sugar levels using glucose meters, and eat a healthy diet.

If you’re at an elevated risk for heart disease due to smoking, you may be able to stop the damage and heal part of your heart, but there are no guarantees.

If you have lung damage from smoking, your lungs can heal, but it may take up to 15 years to see the full effects.

However, one of the biggest risks is the risk of cancer. Once you’re diagnosed, it’s over. So, keep that in mind the next time you light up.

You’ll Sleep Better

Your body goes through nicotine withdrawal every single night. Quitting smoking will end the vicious cycle. You’ll no longer need to light up at night and in the morning to get your fix. Consequently, you’ll get better sleep.

You’ll Stay Sharp In Your Old Age

As you age, your mental faculties slip. But, in smokers, that decline is up to five times faster because smoking damages the arteries and increases your risk of stroke and the early onset of dementia.

You’ll Reduce Your Risk Of Illness

Want to have fewer colds and reduce your risk of getting the flu? Quit smoking. Smokers have depressed immune systems. Quitting will help your body recover more quickly and it will also give you a fighting chance when exposed to someone who has a cold.

You’ll Improve Your Sex Life

Because smoking has a negative effect on your circulatory system, it can decrease your sex drive and ability to have satisfying sex. Quitting smoking will help improve your sex life. In fact, some studies show that men who smoke are more likely to experience erectile dysfunction than men who don’t. If that doesn’t motivate you, nothing will.

You’ll Be Stronger

Smoking weakens your bones  and can cause slower healing of fractures or wounds. Smoking is also a risk factor for osteoporosis, according the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Quit now, and start strengthening your bones.

May Dougherty quit smoking a dozen or so years ago, and she has never looked back. An avid blogger, she hopes to inspire others to give up the butts for good and find good health. You can read her helpful posts on many health, wellness and lifestyle blogs and websites today.