The Benefits of Quitting
Everybody knows about the benefits to your health from giving up smoking. They know about the links to cancer, about the damage to your respiratory system and the multitude of additional issues that smoking can incur, such as asthma. But what most people don’t realise is that smoking is linked to far more than just your inner health. The repercussions of lighting up are far- and wide-ranging, both for you and for the people around you. Conversely, though, this also means that the benefits of quitting go far beyond popular perception.
If you do decide to quit, there are plenty of ways to do so, from nicotine patches and gum to hypnotherapy and e-cigarettes. These last devices are gaining considerable support and backing from both smokers and, more recently, health charities thanks to the first real report into the effects of vaping, as using an electronic cigarette is known.
The report found that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes – a dramatic decrease for someone who regularly smokes. Some people argue that the inclusion of nicotine in e-cigs does not solve the long-term problem of addiction, but the simple truth is that it’s far better to be addicted to something with only a handful of flavouring-related chemicals than to something with around 4,000 mostly carcinogenic chemicals. Besides, the e-liquid in e-cigarettes has variable amounts of nicotine, so you can customise how much you consume.
This benefit has persuaded many people to take up vaping as a way of cutting down on their tobacco intake, often with the aim of quitting completely in the longer term.
In fact, the vaping report highlights a number of ways in which vaping is more beneficial to you than traditional smoking, so where better place to start with our overview of the main advantages of giving up?
We’ve already mentioned cancer, but did you know that heart attacks and strokes are both far more likely if you’re a smoker, and smoking effectively doubles your chances of heart disease? By giving up, you stop putting additional pressure on your heart and circulatory system, as well as your respiratory system, both of which usually have to work overtime to rid your body of the toxins smoking introduces.
Smoking generally has visible signs in yellowed teeth and nails, bad breath and dull, grey skin due to a lack of oxygen reaching your skin cells. Smoking also produces cellulite – which, although on its own doesn’t make you fat, does give you that rippled skin effect that never looks good on anyone. The good news? Quit today and your skin will start repairing itself, meaning that you’ll start regaining those good looks in no time.
Smoking is renowned for reducing fertility in both men and women. In men, smoking can cause long-term impotence and a lower sperm count, while in women it reduces fertility by around a quarter. In addition, the risks of smoking whilst pregnant include miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, and increase the risk of cot death by 25%. So if you want to have children and keep them safe and healthy, you’ve got a far greater chance of success if you’re a non- or ex-smoker.
Friends & Family
Second hand smoke is a real risk, and is a major cause of childhood respiratory illnesses such as asthma. It’s no use making sure the smoke blows away from people, either – 80% of cigarette smoke is invisible, so you have no way of knowing where it’s ending up. Don’t put the lives of loved ones at risk – quit now and stay healthy with them.
If you’re a smoker who often complains of having no money left each month, consider this: smoking 20 cigarettes a day costs you on average £250 a month, or £3,000 a year. That’s a lot of disposable income that could surely be used for more beneficial, and longer-term, investments. If you are looking for a cheaper and healthier alternative to smoking, you should check out the new e juice range from Medusa Juice e-liquid which tastes great in any e-cigarette and is very reasonably priced.
So if you think you’ve got something to gain from giving up smoking, whether it’s an extra few pounds in the bank, a boost to your appearance or a chance to set a healthier example for your family, the change starts here, now, and it’s up to you to make it a success.