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Smoking is bad for your health, but how exactly will quitting improve your life? Here are 10 ways your health will improve when you quit smoking.
Quitting smoking makes it easier to breathe
People breathe easier and cough less when they quit smoking because their lung capacity improves by up to 10% in 9 months.
In your 20s and 30s, the effect of smoking on your lung capacity may not be noticeable until you go running, but lung capacity naturally decreases with age.
In later years, having maximum lung capacity can mean the difference between an active, healthy old age and wheezing when you walk or climb stairs.
Quitting smoking gives you more energy
Within 2 to 12 weeks of quitting smoking, your circulation improves. Any physical activity, including walking and running, becomes much easier.
You also give your immune system a boost, making it easier to fight off colds and flu. The increase in oxygen in the body can also reduce fatigue and the likelihood of headaches.
Read these self-help tips for fighting fatigue.
Give up cigarettes to feel less stressed
The lack of nicotine between cigarettes can increase feelings of stress.
Because withdrawal stress is experienced in the same way as other stresses, it’s easy to confuse normal stress with nicotine withdrawal, so it can feel like smoking reduces other stresses.
But this is not the case. In fact, scientific studies show that people’s stress levels are lower after they quit smoking.
If you’re prone to stress, replacing cigarettes with a healthier, more effective way to manage stress can bring real benefits.
Read our top 10 stress relievers to learn more.
Quitting smoking improves sex life
Quitting smoking improves the body’s blood flow and therefore sensitivity.
Men who quit smoking may have better erections. Women may find that their orgasms improve and that they are more easily aroused.
It has also been found that non-smokers are 3 times more attractive to potential partners than smokers.
Find out more tips for having sex.
Quitting smoking improves fertility
Non-smokers have an easier time getting pregnant. Quitting smoking improves the lining of the uterus and can make men’s sperm more potent.
Becoming a non-smoker increases the possibility of conceiving through IVF and reduces the likelihood of miscarriage.
More importantly, it improves the chances of giving birth to a healthy baby.
Quitting smoking improves your sense of smell and taste
When you quit smoking, your senses of smell and taste are stimulated.
You may notice that food tastes and smells different as your mouth and nose recover from the hundreds of toxic chemicals in cigarettes.
Quitting smoking for younger skin
Quitting smoking has been found to slow down the aging of the face and delay the appearance of wrinkles.
The skin of a non-smoker receives more nutrients, including oxygen, and quitting smoking can reverse the dull, shiny complexion that smokers often have.
Ex-smokers have whiter teeth and softer breath
Quitting smoking prevents teeth from staining and you’ll have fresher breath.
Ex-smokers are also less likely than smokers to suffer from gum disease and premature tooth loss.
Learn more about dental health and teeth whitening.
Find out how quitting smoking can help banish bad breath.
Quit smoking to live longer
Half of long-term smokers die prematurely from smoking-related diseases, including heart disease, lung cancer and chronic bronchitis.
Men who quit smoking by age 30 add 10 years to their lives. People who quit at age 60 add 3 years to their lives.
In other words, it’s never too late to benefit from quitting smoking. Not only does not smoking add years to your life, but it also greatly improves your chances of living a disease-free, mobile and happy old age.
A smoke-free home protects your loved ones
By quitting smoking, you also protect the health of your non-smoking friends and family.
Second-hand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer, heart disease and stroke.
In children, it doubles the risk of developing lung diseases, including pneumonia, ear infections, wheezing and asthma.
They are also three times more likely to get lung cancer later in life than children who live with non-smokers.
Learn more about the dangers of second-hand smoke.
Find out what smoking cessation treatments are available on our website and learn how to start quitting smoking.