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Reasons to Quit Smoking
Reason #1: I want to be healthy.
- Smoking can shorten your life span. In fact, it is the leading cause of preventable death in the US. Cancers of the lung , esophagus , mouth, and stomach have all been linked to smoking. Quitting smoking may decrease your chance of getting cancer.
- Smoking affects many parts of the body causing conditions like:
- Smokers tend to have higher blood pressure rates. When you stop smoking, your heart rate and blood pressure will decrease.
- In a few hours after quitting, carbon monoxide levels start to decrease in your blood. Carbon monoxide prevents your blood from carrying oxygen to parts of your body.
- In a few weeks after quitting, your blood circulation improves, and you will not cough or wheeze so much. You will also have less mucus.
- Several months after quitting, your lung function improves.
- You will also notice that your sense of smell and taste improves. Foods may actually taste better!
Reason #2: I want to feel good.
- You will have more energy and focus.
- You will not feel out of breath.
- You will feel more in control of your life.
Reason #3: I want to look good.
If you quit smoking you will have better smelling:
- You will have fewer wrinkles.
- You will have whiter teeth.
Reason #4: My family and others around me will be healthier too.
- A pregnant woman may have a miscarriage .
- The baby may be born too small or die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Makes them cranky, restless, and more likely to get sick
- Makes them more likely to have learning problems
Reason #5: I want to save money.
American Lung Association http://www.lungusa.org
Smoke Free http://www.smokefree.gov
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
The Lung Association http://www.lung.ca
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Impact on others. Smoke Rree website. Available at: http://smokefree.gov/impact-on-others . Accessed August 13, 2013.
Reasons to quit. Smoke Free website. Available at: hhttp://smokefree.gov/reasons-to-quit . Accessed August 13, 2013.
Tobacco use disorder. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated August 2, 2013. Accessed August 13, 2013.
Top 10 reasons to quit smoking. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hbp/prevent/q%5Fsmoke/top%5Ften.htm . Accessed August 13, 2013.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2013
- Update Date: 08/13/2013