16 Benefits Of Quitting Smoking (Smoking Cessation)

Quitting to smoke cigarette or tobacco, in general, is considered one of the most difficult personal goals you could set for yourself. However, there are numerous benefits to gain if you achieve this.

Tobacco smoking is a major global addiction. This is due to the addictive nature of tobacco’s major constituent; nicotine. Inasmuch as almost everyone is aware of the grave health consequences of tobacco smoking, there are still millions who smoke albeit trying to kick the bad habit.

Below are various health benefits that you could gain if you stop smoking;

1. You Regain Your Vigor

One of the arguments of pro-smokers is that cigarettes contain stimulant qualities. However, health studies assert that cigarette smoking drains the overall power of men. Cigarette smoking reduces circulation and impedes your breathing power which in turn makes it very difficult for metabolism to take place. Metabolism generates the energy the body needs to carry on with daily activities. So, when you quit smoking, within a few months, you would begin to regain your strength and get back to normalcy.

2. Increase In Breathing Capacity


This benefit is unarguably the most pronounced/noticeable. Tobacco smoking is known for killing its victims untimely by damaging their lungs. Once you quit smoking, your cilia begin to grow again and you can start breathing in a healthy manner. Also, cilia reduce the risk of emphysema which had risen during your years of smoking. Once your breath capacity is increased, you would be more active in your daily routine, giving you room for more productive output.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/507517)

3. For Skin Rejuvenation


Some of the harmful chemical compounds in cigarettes are carcinogens. These toxic elements are known for their skin destruction. This is complemented by the smokes that emanate from the cigarette. Thus, it is common to see smokers looking older than their age and their skin looking pale. Once you quit smoking, your skin begins to regain back its normal healthy texture; black spots would dissipate, and wrinkles would reduce.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20839421)

4. Increased Fertility Rate


It has been established medically that smoking reduces fertility rate; it weakens the sperm and other productive hormones. So, it is advisable for people who desire to bear children to quit smoking. Gradually, their sperm count would begin to increase and other fertility defects would begin to receive natural healing which would consequently increase the likelihood of pregnancy and childbearing.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15066502)

5. Longevity

This is another crucial benefit of quitting smoking. Millions of people are killed by smoking yearly across the world. According to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, CDC, more than 480,000 people in the United States of America die as a result of smoking every year including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. So, you can imagine the total number of people who would have been killed by smoking! When you stop smoking, your life expectancy gradually rises. Your likelihood of dying from smoking-related diseases and ailments, that can cut short your life, gradually plummets.
(https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/index.htm)

6. Improved Breath


People tend to stay at a distance when speaking to smokers due to the odor that emanates from their mouth; it is always offensive and unappealing. Once a smoker opens their mouth, their breath tends to smell like cigarette smoke! In fact, in most cases, not only their breath stenches of cigarette smoke; even their clothes, house, and vehicles tend to pick up the smell. The untold negative effect of smoking is that it sends people away from you. When you quit smoking, your mouth odor would gradually dissipate and you would have the confidence of speaking to anyone at any given place. Furthermore, the smell begins to dissipate from your home and your belongings.

7. Reduced Stress Level

One of the ways cigarette manufacturers have successfully deceived people into cigarette consumption is that it can be used in relieving stress due to the presence of nicotine in cigarettes. However, this is just on a short term basis with many long-term side effects. Research has shown that cigarette smoking increases the level of stress hormones, such as cortisol, in the body and it also increases anxiety and tension.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8530219)

8. Improved Memory And Cognition


Smoking tends to cause thinner cortex (which is associated with thinking and memory) when compared to people who have never smoked. In general, the cortex gets thinner with age. However, smoking tends to accelerate the thinning process. Smoking cessation would help in partial restoration of the cortex thickness but the process could be slow and incomplete.
(https://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20150213/smoking-linked-to-damage-in-the-brain-researchers-find)

9. Reduced Inflammation And Other Lung Related Diseases

Smoking exposes you to numerous troubles! One of these is inflammation of the lungs and some other pathological disorders that bring about a decline in the functionality of the lungs. When you quit smoking, this health decline is expected to slow down in the first few months before significantly getting back to its normal state. However, if the damage caused is severe, it may not totally get back to its original healthy state, but the side effects would drastically reduce. This finding has been supported by research as well as anecdotal pieces of evidence by ex-smokers.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2689574/)

10. Reduced Likelihood Of Heart Attack


Studies have shown that heart/coronary disorders are the main cause of deaths in the US and many other developed countries. One of the effects of nicotine in cigarettes is to increase the adrenaline level in the bloodstream which, in turn, pumps up blood pressure through the constriction of blood vessels. Through this action, the heart rate increases leading to elevated blood pressure.

When you cease smoking, the stress placed on the heart by nicotine is gradually relieved. Blood pressure gradually returns to the normal reading rate and the heart is safeguarded from an avoidable heart attack.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5499230/)

11. Increased Functionality Of Sense Organs


Two of the five senses directly suffer in the hands of smokers—taste and smell. This is because cigarette kills nerve endings that these senses depend on for the optimal functionality. Studies have established that once you quit smoking, the nerve endings tend to gradually heal.

12. Decrease In Carbon Monoxide Levels

Smokers regularly inhale carbon monoxide released from cigarettes. This is a harmful substance to the human body. More specifically, carbon monoxide bonds with the blood cells and hinders the blood cells from connecting with oxygen for healthy living. This could lead to severe cardiovascular disorder. Once you quit smoking, the carbon monoxide levels would decrease and give way for the blood cells to bond properly with oxygen.

13. Reduction In The Likelihood Of A Stroke


Smokers are highly susceptible to stroke due to nicotine— nicotine causes constriction of blood vessels. After some years of quitting smoking, the likelihood of having a stroke tends to drop. Within two decades of smoking cessation, it would have decreased to that of an average non-smoker.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2928253/)

14. Reduction In Likelihood Of Getting Cancer


Another major risk smokers daily expose themselves to is cancer—cancer of the lungs, throat, mouth, esophagus and other vital organs of the human body. According to studies, the chances of developing any of these cancers greatly reduce when you quit smoking. This may be a long term effect, but it is worth a reason to rescind smoking.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29169233)

15. Reduces The Likelihood Of Hypertension


This is another common ailment among smokers worldwide. The harmful toxins in cigarette tend to increase blood pressure levels. Also, one may develop circulation problems as blood vessels could get constricted due to nicotine. Smokers do die from heart attacks due to high blood pressure. When you quit smoking, it is expected that the blood level would gradually return to a healthy and normal level while heartbeat and rhythm also gradually gets back to its normal state.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3212429/)

16. Increased Quality Of Life

When you quit smoking, your chances of being infected by numerous infections drastically decrease. This is majorly due to a gradual improvement of your immune system. This, apart from saving you medical expenses, increases the overall quality of the life you live.

 

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