Reasons to Quit Smoking


It is important to decide for yourself that you want to quit. Many people have mixed feelings about this - it is normal to both want to quit and want to continue tobacco use. Below is a list of reasons that might help you quit for good:

Food Tastes Better

A cigarette’s smell and bitter taste can override the taste of other foods. And smokers have fewer and less sensitive taste buds on their tongues than people who do not smoke.

Clothes and Hair Smell Better

Cigarette smoke has a powerful odor that makes clothing and hair smell long after a cigarette was extinguished.

Healthier Family

Secondhand smoke causes disease and premature death in children and adults who do not smoke. Specifically, it can cause lung cancer, heart disease, respiratory tract infections in infants and children, and it can aggravate asthma symptoms.

Healthier Pets

The tobacco smoke as a harmful toxin for pets based on many research studies. For example, a study found that cats living with smokers are twice as likely to develop malignant lymphoma.  And another study found a higher incidence of nasal tumors and cancer of the sinus in dogs living in a home with smokers.

More Money for Budget

If smokers multiply the amount of money they spend on cigarettes each day by 365 (the number of days in a year), the total may surprise them. That’s a lot of money each year they could be spending on other things:  bills, hobbies, vacations, college funds, etc. And the health benefits of quitting smoking mean they also will save money on health care costs in the future.

Cheaper Life Insurance

Life insurance companies charge higher premiums to smokers and tobacco chewers. The price a person pays for life insurance premiums is linked to risk, and there are many health risks related to tobacco.

Stronger Bones

Studies have shown a direct relationship between tobacco use and decreased bone density. And most studies on the effects of smoking suggest that smoking increases the risk of having a fracture.

Better Sleep

Each night, a smoker’s body goes through withdrawal from nicotine which leads to sleep disturbances. Research shows that smokers are four times as likely as nonsmokers to report feeling unrested after a night’s sleep, and smokers spend less time in deep sleep and more time in light sleep than nonsmokers.