Kick the Habit Today and Improve The Way You Feel

quick_smooking_and_feel_betterWe've all heard the arguments against smoking. It greatly increases your risk for several serious health problems, including lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema, and more. Quitting can bring that risk down to the level of someone who has never smoked within ten years. But you can see benefits from quitting much sooner than that?

Quitting smoking can make you feel better almost immediately.  Here's how:

• Smoking impairs your sense of taste and smell.  When you quit, food will taste much better and you'll be able to smell things that you may not have smelled in years.

• That nasty smoker's cough will go away.  You may cough more at first because your lungs will be shedding all of the impurities built up by years of smoking, but once they're gone, your cough should be gone too.

• You'll be less prone to respiratory illness.  Smoking irritates the lungs and reduces their defenses, making it easier for you to get colds, bronchitis and pneumonia.  When you quit, your lungs become stronger and more resistant to infection.  If you have asthma, you may also have less frequent attacks.

• You will be able to breathe better.  Smoking can cause shortness of breath, especially during physical exertion.  Quitting can give you greater endurance.

• Smoking increases your blood pressure.  This is one reason that it contributes to the risk of many diseases, but it can also make you feel bad.  Some potential short-term effects of high blood pressure include headaches and fatigue.  Quitting can help bring your blood pressure back down to normal.

• You will probably sleep better.  Nicotine is a stimulant, and it can contribute to insomnia.  Some smokers also wake up in the middle of the night coughing.  Quitting can help you get a good night's sleep.

• You'll be less likely to have stomach problems.  Smoking irritates the stomach's lining, reducing its ability to regulate the amount of acid produced.  This can cause stomach upsets and eat away at the stomach's lining.  Combined with a decreased resistance to bacteria, which can also be caused by smoking, this can eventually lead to ulcers.

• Quitting is good for your self-esteem.  It may be difficult to kick the habit, but doing so gives you a sense of accomplishment and freedom.

Research has consistently proven that smoking poses unnecessary risks to our long-term health.  But sometimes it's hard to think that far ahead when you're trying to break the cycle of nicotine addiction.  It's good to know that there are numerous short-term benefits to quitting.  These provide a more immediate reward and give us an incentive to do what it takes to succeed.


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