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Being smoke-free goes beyond better health. Here are even more benefits you’ll enjoy.

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“Tobacco is the single largest preventable cause of death in the US today, killing more, every year, than the entire populations of Baton Rouge and Lafayette, combined.”

– Robert C. Hinkle, MD, FCCP, FAASM, Pulmonology

You likely already know that quitting smoking is good for your health. But did you know there are also many other benefits you’ll enjoy when you don’t smoke that will directly impact your everyday life?

f you need a reason (or a few) to make today the day you plan on quitting, here are 7 of them:

  1. You’ll improve your health. It’s no surprise that quitting smoking is good for your health. Smoking increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and other health conditions. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and the long-term benefits of quitting are significant.
  2. You’ll have more money. Cigarettes are expensive. The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in the U.S. is now between $6 and $8 in most states. In some states, cigarettes can cost over $12 per pack due to high state taxes. At a pack a day, those numbers add up quickly – to well over $2,000 or more for a year’s worth of cigarettes. That’s money that can be better spent on other things or saved.
  3. Your clothes won’t smell. You may not realize that your clothes – and your car, your house, your purse, your hair – smell from cigarette smoke. But once you stop smoking, your nose will suddenly make you very aware of what it smells like when someone else smokes. One social benefit of quitting is that people won’t scrunch up their noses when you walk into a room.
  4. Your teeth will be whiter. Not only won’t your pearly whites be stained yellow from smoking, but your breath will also smell better. That’s certainly something worth smiling about!
  5. Your social life won’t be compromised. You’ll no longer have to go outside when hanging out with friends and family so you can smoke a cigarette. Now you can stay with the group and enjoy the fun.
  6. Your family and friends will stop bugging you. Tired of constantly being told you should give up your smoking habit? Once you do, you no longer have to hear about it.
  7. Your kids will be less likely to smoke. One study found that third-graders whose parents quit smoking were 39% less likely to smoke as teenagers compared to children whose parents still smoked.

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Date Last Reviewed: March 13, 2019

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