You’ve worked out your motivations to quit smoking. Now, let’s look at the benefits of quitting smoking!
If you want a longer and better quality life, quitting might help — former smokers live longer than continuing smokers.
Other benefits of quitting smoking to your body include better blood circulation and sense of taste and smell, higher energy levels, and less breathlessness and coughing. You’ll also be able to concentrate better and be less prone to headaches.
Some of these improvements happen as early as eight hours after you stop smoking! For example, within eight hours, your blood oxygen level returns to normal, and within two days, your chances of having a heart attack decreases.
In the longer term, quitting will reduce the risk of diabetes, as well as strokes, cancers, heart disease and chronic lung diseases.
Second-hand smoke increases non-smokers’ risk of lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Quitting will greatly reduce that risk to your loved ones’ health. Plus, you’ll be a better role model for your kids (or little nieces and nephews).
Starting a family? Women who stop smoking before pregnancy or in their first trimester will have lower risks of birth complications.
Quitting smoking will also improve your looks! That’s one of the benefits of quitting smoking too.
Look forward to lower chances of wrinkles and acne and healthier teeth that don’t stain so easily. That’s not all: your hair, eyes, skin, and nails will also start to look better when you stop smoking — it’s a free makeover!
You’ll have fresher breath too, and your clothes and stuff will no longer smell of cigarette smoke.
Smoking could cause slower arousals, erectile problems, impotence, and reduced satisfaction. So, stubbing out could make bedtime more fun for you and your partner.
Not in a relationship? Quitting smoking might help you in the dating arena — and not just because you look and feel better. According to a popular dating site, almost 90% of respondents preferred to date a non-smoker.
Quitting smoking also means a heavier wallet and more savings — you’re no longer financing your pricey habit.
You might even enjoy life more when you stop smoking: food tastes better, you have more confidence because you look and feel better, and you have more energy to go about your day.
Plus, you’ll gain freedom from addiction and be in control. You’ll know you don’t need cigarettes to feel good. Those are just some of the many benefits of quitting smoking.
Join the I Quit Programme and remain smoke free for 28 days and you are 5 times more likely to quit smoking. You can nominate your loved ones as a supporter when you sign up for the programme. Validate your smoke-free status and redeem a HPB eVoucher* worth $50 at the 28th day milestone. Keep going and you'll also receive eVouchers* worth $30 and $20 at the 3rd month and 6th month milestone respectively!
*Terms and conditions apply.
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