The Real Benefits of Quitting Smoking

Smoking is bad and we all know that. Smokers are nicotine addicts, their smoking vice have developed into a habit and associations have been tied up to their daily activities which make quitting smoking difficult. But is it really difficult to quit? Well to answer that question, ask yourself, are you willing to do anything to quit smoking? Or are you just simply dreaming to become an ex-smoker? Well hopefully after knowing the benefits of quitting smoking which I have outlined below, this piece of information will help you acquire motivation and develop a strong desire and determination to quit smoking easily.

Free Yourself from Nicotine Addiction and Distractions

Did you know that smoking urges and nicotine withdrawal symptoms are great distractions? And if we are going to dwell deeper, we will discover that these things are making your life miserable. Smoking actually is not making you feel better, it is not making you comfortable and relaxed, nor is it making you more focused or concentrated; the truth is smoking is only relieving your urges and withdrawal symptoms brought by nicotine. In short smoking is doing nothing in your life and the good feelings you feel each time you light a cigarette are just relief for the miseries that nicotine itself is giving you because you are an addict to nicotine.

So if you want to be really focused in your life, then you must quit smoking and BECOME a non-smoker to avoid any urges or withdrawal symptoms that would distract you and make you irritable bringing you all sorts of bad feelings once you cannot smoke. But once you have accepted this truth and reality, you will soon realize that quitting smoking is very easy.

In short, once you quit, you enjoy the benefit of being free from nicotine addiction and save yourself from being called an addict.

Regain Your Good Looks

Have you observed yourself lately in front of the mirror? Do it now, observe your face thoroughly before you continue reading this post. Have you observed how dark your lips have become since you started smoking? How about your teeth, observe the smoke stains and you will see that they too are getting yellowish and dark. What about your face? Observe carefully and you will notice that your skin has lost its elasticity and wrinkles are filling up the skin on our face. You will even observe that now you look older than what your real age would show.

This is what smoking has done to you. You spent a fortune in the past just to make yourself ugly and old, funny or call it foolishness but it’s true. But the good news is that, you can still reverse the damages done by smoking on your face, skin, lips and teeth if you will stop smoking right away. So if you want to regain back your good looks, decide immediately to quit smoking for good.

Relieve Yourself from Smoking Panic Attacks

This is another quitting smoking benefit that you should try to consider if you want to stop your nicotine addiction permanently. How many times have you suffered smoking panic attacks in the past whenever you see that you are running out of cigarettes? How many times did you feel anxious because someone is asking you for a cigarette when you only have enough cigarettes to last you for the night? And how many times have you suffered those panic attacks when you found out that the nearest store which is half a mile away is about to close and you have to catch it because you’re out of cigarettes?

I myself suffered those panic attacks when I was still smoking. I was travelling in the middle of the night just to buy those filthy stuff so I could get my does of nicotine. Foolish to admit it but its true. Smoking will make you a slave and will punish you by giving you panic attacks if you don’t keep a nice supply of cigarettes beside you. And the only way to cure these attacks is for you to stop smoking.

Win Back Your Self-Respect

What do you feel whenever you see people covering their noses each time you pass by them? Or what would you feel inside the elevator or bus when you notice that people are looking at you like a bug ready to be squashed because you stink so much. And did you know that your non-smoker co-workers are talking about you that you stink so much? They would avoid you if they could but out of politeness, they will try to hide their real feelings of hatred to the stink brought by cigarettes.

This is one reason which motivated me to quit smoking before. I really felt ashamed each time I enter the office after a smoke break. You could hear whispers about the bad stench they smell which I bring. If you won’t believe me, try smoking out in the open air then after smoking enter an air conditioned room and you will see people covering their noses and looking at you very badly.

Acquire this benefit by stopping smoking and once you quit smoking successfully, you will no longer be ashamed to mingle with anyone whom you know. And if you are still single, you won’t be ashamed to approach someone for a date.

Save Money

So you have reached this part. Well this benefit in quitting smoking is quite common especially the last one. But there is nothing wrong in mentioning it again and hopefully this time it will push you to quit smoking for good.

Have you ever computed how much have you spent buying those cigarettes in the past? It’s easy, how many packs can you finish in a year? Multiply that number with the current cost of cigarette and you will come up with the amount that you spent for smoking in a year. Then multiply that amount with the number of years that you smoked and you will come up with the total amount that you spent for cigarettes in a lifetime. So let us assume I can finish a pack in one day and each pack cost $2.00. So in a year I am spending (365 x $2.00) $730.00. If I was smoking for 20 years then I have already spent roughly 14K for cigarettes.

I smoked for 22 years and I know how much hard earned money I wasted. So if you plan to smoke for the next 10 – 20 years, why not decide to quit smoking instead and save the money that is expected to be used in buying cigarettes.

Sad Thing About Health Benefits

Now we are going to discuss the most unwanted health benefits. This is the most important benefit in quitting smoking yet it is the least that motivates smokers to quit and this is the reason why I placed it last. Sad but it’s true and most smokers will only be motivated to quit smoking because of health benefits when they think something bad is going on inside their body.

This happened to me, I started to have some difficulty in breathing. Well what can you expect after smoking for 20 years. Since then I was haunted by nightmares that tumors were already developing in my lungs. This situation coupled with the benefits of self-respect which was mentioned above committed me to stop smoking for good. And after several months of struggling and quitting I finally succeeded in stopping smoking.

Health benefits are the least things that the smoker will concern himself with because health effects of smoking are not immediate. Well I will not elaborate this further, we all know that smoking causes various minor diseases such as coughs, colds, infections etc. and major diseases which includes cancer, cardiovascular disease, lung disease etc. I am pretty sure these things will not scare you as it did not bother me also when I was still smoking. I only appreciated life and my health when I suffered breathing problems.

But please don’t wait before a serious disease will occur, try to quit smoking the soonest possible time. I know you want to quit your addiction lest you wouldn’t be here reading this article. This Website alone provides articles that will help you quit your nicotine addiction and you can supplement it further with other stop smoking help reading materials such as quit smoking books to clear away the myths and lies that are in your head.

So if you want to prolong your life, feel better, and maintain your health, then you should start making plans in quitting smoking the soonest.

Well hopefully the benefits I mentioned in quitting smoking will help you quit permanently. Smoking is doing nothing good to you, accept that reality and believe that you can quit smoking and you will be the next happy non-smoker in the community.

Remember, we are here to help you quit, so do your part and stop smoking today!

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28 Responses to “The Real Benefits of Quitting Smoking”

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  1. Khaled says:

    I’ve been smoking since 1997. That is 15 years of smoking. 1 week ago my friend and I decided to quit and today is our 8th day being smoke-free. The urges come and go several times during each day… but resisting these urges is manageable when you are determined to quit – which I am. I will be honest I though. I am using nicorette gum to help sooth the urges. I plan to stay on the gum for a while longer. My aim is not to avoid the intake of nicotine (which I get by chewing the gum), but instead to rid my dependence on cigarettes, holding them in my fingers, inhaling, and the whole act of smoking.

    Any way, I don’t want to make this longer than it should be. BUt after 15 years of smoking, this is the first time ever that I make it through 8 days of not a single cigarette. I am proud of myself and with each passing day my faith is renewed and I feel that I will never go back to smoking.

  2. Trevor says:

    I am 18 and have been smoking heavily for over 2 years. I feel like it gives me and my friends something to do when we’re hanging out but after reading this article it helped me see how much I can benefit from quitting. My throat is often sore and I’m no longer good at sports at all because I have trouble breathing. For the last week I have stopped buying packs but still average about 5 a day from friends, my strongest craving are when I with them and they are all smoking, and tips to help me stop for good?

    • Natalie says:

      Take a break from hanging out with your friends. I know, it’s lame. I’m seventeen but honestly that’s all I’ve been able to do to refrain from smoking. Naps, cats, and movies. Especially try to abstain from drinking and other things while you’re quitting. It won’t help! Whenever I crave a cigarette I either drink a lot of icewater or go on a quick jog. Those help with sports training, too! Good luck, Trevor.

  3. Mena says:

    I am 37 years old and I have been smoking for 15 years. 2 years ago I decided to quit smoking for varies reasons. I hated myself and my car smelling like smoke, I wanted to get in shape and go back to the gym, I felt like an outsider when being among friends who don’t smoke, I had no energy at all and my ultimate reason was my anxiety and fear of dangerous health issues and diseases. I been to the ER a couple of times and I would always link my health issues and hospital visits to my years of smoking and that kinda keep me away from going back to smoking. I still have the urge to smoke from time to time but I always remind myself of the hard work it took me to quit and how long it has since I had a smoke.

  4. Don says:

    I suffer from slight anxiety and sometimes it turns into what close people around me call “Freak outs”. I don’t feel like I’m depressed but sometimes I know why those around me feel I am. So, instead of self-reflection, writing down my feelings etc. I think I’m leaning towards just getting in shape. I feel that if I was in good shape I’d be a happier person. A) I feel like smoking causes these emotional episodes and B) who much happier would I seem if I just gave it up completely?

  5. Evan says:

    I am 16 and been smoking for about a year. Just today my family found out that I have been smoking. I am overwhelmed because my parents are so disappointed in me. So today I made the choice to quit. I have been thinking long and hard about this decision and I know its for the best. I smoked my last cigarette today and threw away everything else. In the long run, I know that I will look back and think about what a bad decision it was in the first place to start smoking. Wish me luck.

    • Kimberly says:

      Good Luck and CONGRATULATIONS! You can beat the urge by drinking lots of ice water and filling in time gaps with fun smoke-free activities! I don’t even know you and yet I am so proud of you! Hang in there and eventually this entire part of your life will be long history. Best wishes!

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