Health benefits when you stop smoking
Smoking is bad for your health but exactly how will stopping make life better? Here are ten ways your health will improve when you stop smoking.
Stopping smoking lets you breathe more easily
People breathe more easily and cough less when they give up smoking because their lung capacity improves by up to ten per cent within nine months.
In your 20s and 30s, the effect of smoking on your lung capacity may not be noticeable until you go for a run but lung capacity naturally diminishes with age.
In later years, having maximum lung capacity can mean the difference between having an active, healthy old age and wheezing when you go for a walk or climb the stairs.
Stopping smoking gives you more energy
Within two to 12 weeks of stopping smoking, your blood circulation improves. This makes all physical activity, including walking and running, much easier.
You’ll also give a boost to your immune system, making it easier to fight off colds and flu. The increase in oxygen in the body can also reduce tiredness and the likelihood of headaches.
Ditch the cigarettes and feel less stressed
The withdrawal from nicotine between cigarettes can heighten feelings of stress.
As the stress of withdrawal feels the same as other stresses, it’s easy to confuse normal stress with nicotine withdrawal, so it can seem like smoking is reducing other stresses.
But this is not the case. In fact, scientific studies show people’s stress levels are lower after they stop smoking.
Quitting leads to better sex
Stopping smoking improves the body’s blood flow, so improves sensitivity.
Men who stop smoking may get better erections. Women may find their orgasms improve and they become aroused more easily.
It’s also been found that non-smokers are three times more appealing to prospective partners than smokers.
Stopping smoking improves fertility
Non-smokers find it easier to get pregnant. Quitting smoking improves the lining of the womb and can make men’s sperm more potent.
Becoming a non-smoker increases the possibility of conceiving through IVF and reduces the likelihood of having a miscarriage.
Most importantly, it improves the chances of giving birth to a healthy baby.
Stopping smoking improves smell and taste
When you stop smoking, your senses of smell and taste get a boost.
You may notice that food tastes and smells different as your mouth and nose recover from being dulled by the hundreds of toxic chemicals found in cigarettes.
Stop smoking for younger-looking skin
Stopping smoking has been found to slow facial ageing and delay the appearance of wrinkles.
The skin of a non-smoker gets more nutrients, including oxygen, and stopping smoking can reverse the sallow, lined complexion smokers often have.
Quit smoking to live longer
Half of all long-term smokers die early from smoking-related diseases, including heart disease, lung cancer and chronic bronchitis.
Men who quit smoking by the age of 30 add ten years to their life. People who kick the habit at 60 add three years to their life.