Point 1: Health Benefits. It is proven that when we quit smoking, its benefits start within the first 24 hours. Blood pressure and heart rate will be normalized and there will be lessened chances of heart illness by thrice. In 48 hours, there will be no traces of carbon monoxide or nicotine coming in our body and this means that lungs are gradually clearing out the mucus and other smoking elements. Taste and smell will get better. In one year without cigarettes, blood circulation will improve and lung performance will improve by 10%. In 10 ten years, the chances of lung cancer will fall to a half and in 15 year, the chances of heart attack is same as the non-smoker.
Point 2. Financial returns from quitting smoking will be felt. Just make a simple accounting of how much you spend for cigarettes every day until a year. If a pack of cigarettes costs $4 and if you consume 2 packs every day, it will cost you $8, and for one week you will spend $56, or an estimate of $2,688 in one year. This does not include the lost packs because friends borrowed or ask from you. In 5 years, you already spent $13,440 and in 10 years, $25,880. Think about these savings when you quit smoking.
Point 3. It can prevent infants’ deaths and sickly babies. It is suggested that you should be nicotine-free at least a month before your pregnancy. Smoking during pregnancy can result to abruption, a premature separation of the fetus from placenta which can cause death for the infant and even the mother. Nicotine is also considered as vasoconstriction which leads to reduced nutrition and oxygen to the infant because the blood vessels are constricted. It can also cause low-birth weight, retardation and chances of leukemia. After the baby is born, there are chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS.
Point 4. “Smokers Face” or having lines and wrinkles at the corners of the eyes and dropping cheeks due to long-term smoking can be prevented. Some wrinkles can also appear around the lips and men at the back of the neck. Insufficient supply of blood oxygen can also result to skin that looks like reddish spots. Smoking cigarettes also hinders the ability of the skin to regenerate and this slow rate will lead to sluggish healing time for wounds. And worst, this can lead to a kind of skin cancer which is known as squamous cell carcinoma.
Point 5. Taking trips or travels is easier for a non-smoker. Most airports have banned smoking areas. It will be a hard process to go through security and it is annoying to think of having a pack of cigarette being the reason for missing your flight.
Point 6. Spending quality time with your family, thus, improving your relationships is a great benefit for giving up smoking. When your lung functions have improved, you will enjoy family activities such as ball game, picnics, or family hike. Looking at the brighter side of spending time with your family, for each pack of cigarettes, you lose 28 minutes of your life or it means, it reduce your life to 25 years.
Point 7. Breaking free from the addiction of smoking habit means freedom from the cravings. Cigarettes are like parasites that can control your life. Cut the habit and live free with a healthier life!
Point 8. Become good examples for the younger people and their friends. Most often parents reprimand their childre to smoke but childrn see that they smoke cigarettes which are confusing for them. Studies have shown that the younger an individual start to smoke cigarette, the more damages it can do to the young person. Teaching these young persons through examples are effective than words.
Point 9. Smoking and alcohol are dangerous combination. Studies reported that 80% to 95% of those who are using alcohol beverages are smokers. To succeed in your goal to quit smoking, it is recommended that you stop both.
Point 10. Quitting the habit can help save your children’s health and safety. Smoking during pregnancy tends to produce children who are prone to allergies and asthma and other health problems. Second hand smoke can also affect the health of the children. Cigarette butts improperly disposed of can lead to accidents such as fires which is life-threatening not only to our children but to others also.