Learn how quitting smoking can benefit your life.
At Oak Hill Hospital, the entire campus is smoke-free. In honor of the Great American Smokeout on November 15th, we’d like to share some beneficial reasons to quit smoking. If you need help quitting, reach out to your friends, family and doctor. They can help you stay true to your commitment to be tobacco-free.
Here are eight health benefits of quitting smoking:
- Food will taste better. After you quit smoking, get ready for a whole new world of smells and flavors.
- Your teeth will look better. You’ll feel better emotionally when your smile shines brighter without the stains and residue of nicotine.
- You won’t be putting poison in your body every day. The CDC reports that cigarette smoke contains a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals. Hundreds of those are toxic to humans.
- You’ll save money. Depending on your current smoking habits, you could save big time by quitting smoking. Put that extra money to good use by investing in your health.
- You’ll keep those around you safe from secondhand smoke. If you live with a partner or have children, your smoking affects them. Quitting keeps secondhand smoke from affecting your loved ones.
- You will have a healthier heart. Coronary heart disease risk is substantially reduced within 1 to 2 years of quitting smoking, according to the CDC.
- Your risk of cancer and lung disease will be lower. Reduce your risk of serious complications of smoking, including death.
- You’ll feel better about yourself. Quitting is a huge accomplishment. It isn’t easy, but it can be done. When you’re no longer a smoker, you’ll feel great about yourself and what you’ve achieved to better your health and life.