Quitting smoking before turning 50 can help reverse an overwhelming amount of damage to your health and also helps reduce the chances of dying from smoking-related diseases by more than 90%. Quitting at around age 50 reduces chances of dying prematurely by 50% as compared to those who continue to smoke. Still, even those who quit at age 60 or older have a higher chance of living longer than those who continue smoking. As soon as you quit smoking, the body begins to repair itself.
Quit for Your Health
Many people across the globe experience health problems caused by smoking. Studies show that smoking harms nearly all organs of the body, diminishing overall health. It’s the leading cause of diseases like cataracts, osteoporosis, emphysema and bronchitis, lung cancer, stroke and heart related diseases. Quitting this habit helps your body regain, heal and stabilize.
Quit for Your Finances
Smoking is very expensive. Actually, the amount of money spent on smoking may surprise you. Take a moment to multiply the amount of money you spend on tobacco on a daily basis every day for 365 days of the year. Now multiply the answer with the number of years that you’ve smoked tobacco. Once more, multiply the cost per year by 10 (10 for the upcoming 10 years.) If you are a one pack smoker then you’ll probably save approximately $15,000. Ask yourself what you’d rather do with this money. Other financial benefits include paying less for life and health insurance.
Quit for Your Looks
There are cosmetic benefits of quitting smoking and this can be a major motivator, especially when you consider the long-term effects smoking has on the way you look. When you stop smoking, you’ll have a greater chance for fewer skin wrinkles, you’ll have better oral health with better smell, your fingers and fingernails will no longer look faded and yellow, your stained teeth will get whiter and your clothes and hair will smell better. You’ll look younger, better to yourself and to others. Good news is that quitting before age 50 can reverse signs of an aging face within two weeks.
Quit for your eyesight
Smoking increases the risk of age related macular degeneration. Smokers are 4X likely to lose their eyesight because of this condition than those who have never smoked. Good news is that quitting smoking lowers the risk. Macular degeneration is a progressive and severe condition that leads to lose of central vision. It also leads to blindness due to the inability to use the part of the retina that’s responsible for “straight –ahead” activities such as driving a vehicle, sewing and reading. While the risk has not yet been fully understood, research shows that smoking is one of the major yet modifiable causes.
Quit smoking to live longer
Studies show that about half of all long-term smokers die early from smoking related diseases such as chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and heart disease. Smokers who quit before age 50 add 5 years to their life while kicking the habit at age 60 adds three years to your life. Quite simply, it’s never too late to add these years to your life. Quitting smoking has several other benefits. Apart from adding more years to your life, it also improves the chances of a mobile, happier, disease-free old age.
Quit for the People in Your Life
When you quit smoking, you’ll be protecting the health of your non-smoking family and friends. Passive smoking increases the risk of stroke, heart disease and lung cancer. Moreover, second-hand smoke increases the chances of your loved ones getting chest illness such as pneumonia, asthma, wheezing, ear infections and bronchitis, eye irritation, dizziness, nausea and headaches. When you quit smoking, you’re protecting your loved ones and it’s in our best interests to see them leading a happy, healthy life now and in the later stages of their life. It’s possible to quit smoking and you can do it too!