Here's what you need to know about the benefits of quitting smoking
by Sean Cunnington on Jan 31, 2022
Thanks to annual events like Stoptober and years of scientific research, it’s well known that quitting smoking will dramatically improve your health. What you might not know is exactly what it does to your body and how fast you’ll notice yourself feeling better. In today’s blog, we explain the benefits of quitting smoking and how quickly you'll notice them taking effect.
Quitting smoking will improve your breathing
When you quit smoking, your lung capacity will improve by up to 10% within just 9 months, helping you breathe more easily and cough less. When you’re younger, the negative impact smoking has on your breathing won’t be as noticeable. But as you age, your lung capacity naturally decreases anyway, so it’s even more important in later life.
Quitting smoking improves fertility
Thousands of people struggle with infertility across the UK, but stopping smoking can make it easier to get pregnant. Men’s sperm becomes healthier and the lining of the womb improves, boosting your chances of successfully conceiving.
It’s also well known that smoking causes harm to unborn babies, and kicking the habit reduces the risk of stillbirth, sudden infant death syndrome and health conditions. Research also suggests that non-smokers are three times more appealing to prospective partners than non-smokers, so you might find your dating game improves too.
You’ll have more energy
Your blood circulation will improve within the first 2 to 12 week of stopping smoking, making exercise and everyday activities much easier and more enjoyable. As your circulation improves, you’ll have more oxygen in your bloodstream, reducing tiredness and the likelihood of headaches. Your immune system will also improve, helping you fight colds and flu quicker.
Stopping smoking will help with stress and anxiety
Studies show that people’s stress levels improve after quitting smoking. Many believe that smoking reduces stress, and whilst nicotine withdrawal does heighten feelings of stress, once you get past it you should see your anxiety and stress levels improve. There are a number of things you can do to manage stress aside from smoking, such as exercise, socialising and trying self-help mechanisms. To learn more about stress reduction tools, take a look at the NHS website.
Your smell and taste will get a boost after quitting
When you stop smoking, your smell and taste will improve, and you’ll start to notice that food and drink tastes different. This is because the toxins and chemicals in cigarettes dulls your taste buds and sense of smell.
You’ll also notice that the health of your teeth and gums will improve, leading to fresher breath and reduced risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Tobacco also stains the teeth, so if you want a brighter smile it’s best to kick the habit.
Quit smoking to protect your friends and family
Secondhand smoke can be a big problem for your loved ones, as breathing it in increases the risk of lung cancer, heart disease and strokes. Children are at risk as well, as it can double the chances of developing chest illnesses such as pneumonia and asthma. The risk of them developing cancer is three times the risk compared to children who live with non-smokers.
Finally, stopping smoking will improve your chances of living a long and healthy life
According to the NHS, around 78,000 people die in the UK from smoking related illnesses each year, including conditions like heart disease, lung cancer and chronic bronchitis. According to scientific studies, men who kick the habit by the age of 30 add 10 years onto their life expectancy. It’s never too late to enjoy the benefits of quitting smoking, for both you and your loved ones.
Here’s a timeline of how quickly you can expect to start seeing the health benefits of quitting smoking:
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