The Benefits of Quitting Smoking

Posted On: 07-28-2017
The Benefits of Quitting Smoking
It’s no secret that smoking is bad for you, and that quitting can greatly benefit your health. Understanding the concrete ways that quitting can improve your quality of life may be just what you need to take the first step or encourage a loved one to quit.

Increased Energy and Overall Health

When you quit smoking, your blood circulation improves within two to 12 weeks. You’ll notice that this increased oxygen can make it easier to perform physical activity, and can even help you to be more alert. The improved blood circulation can even contribute to faster wound healing. Quitting also helps to improve your immune system. Additionally, if you’re struggling with conception, quitting can boost fertility by improving uterine lining and making sperm more potent.

You may notice improved sense of smell and taste in just 48 hours after quitting.

Improved Lung Capacity

Your lung capacity is improved by up to 10% is just nine months. How easily you notice this change in lung capacity can depend on your age. If you smoking and are in your 20s or 30s, you may not notice decreased lung capacity until you exercise. But if you are older, simply going for a walk or going up stairs can result in trouble breathing.

Within just a few weeks of quitting, you will notice that you do not cough or wheeze as much, and that you do not produce as much phlegm.

Improved Appearance

Once you stop smoking, your skin will get more nutrients, which will slow the appearance of aging and wrinkles. You’ll also have fresher breath and fewer teeth stains.

Overall, quitting is a way to extend your life. Smokers are more at risk of fatal conditions such as lung cancer and heart disease. For example, men who quit smoking by age 30 can add 10 years to their life. For individuals at age 60, three years can be added.

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