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4 Reasons to Quit Smoking

By DuPage Medical Group

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, with more than 41,000 of these deaths from exposure to secondhand smoke. There are many reasons to quit smoking, here are our top 4 reasons.

Your Health

Many research studies over the past several years have shown a link between smoking cigarettes and lung cancer. Besides increased risk for lung cancer, smokers are more susceptible to emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Heart Disease, circulatory disease and ulcers are also associated with smoking. When you quit smoking you will notice an improvement in your overall health and well being that only continues to get better the longer you are smoke free.

Health of Others Around You

Second hand smoke can be dangerous to the health of the people around you. It is the cause of thousands of cases of lung cancer in non-smokers every year. Second hand smoke can also cause dizziness, eye irritation, headaches, and nausea in non-smokers.  Women who smoke while they are pregnant increase the risk for their child to develop asthma later in life. Smoking during pregnancy has also been linked to babies being born with cleft lips, cleft palate, and low birth weight.

Cost

People would be shocked to know how much money they spend on smoking every year. Multiply how much money you spend on smoking everyday by 365 days. This number is how much extra money you would have if you stopped smoking. Instead of buying cigarettes you could be saving for that vacation you have always wanted to go on.

Immediate Benefits

When you quit smoking you will be able to notice some changes that occur within weeks of when you quit. Your teeth will become whiter and your breath will smell better. The bad smell that is constantly lingering on your hair and clothes will go away. Eventually simple activities that used to leave you out of breath will become easier. 

 

 


Topics and Subtopics: Respiratory Problems & Addiction

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