The enormous range of benefits of quitting smoking goes far beyond the obvious impact on your lungs, heart and avoiding all the various mouth, throat, lung, pancreatic and other cancers, not to mention preventing emphysema.
And as many of the harmful impacts of smoking affect passive smokers as well, when you quit smoking you improve the health of your loved ones.
- When you quit smoking you reduce the vicious cycle of artery damage, clotting and increased risk of stroke.
- Quitting also reduces the likelihood of blindness because Smokers are four times more likely to become blind because of age-related macular degeneration than those who have never smoked. But quitting can lower that risk, other research shows.
- Quitting slows down mental decline and Alzheimer’s. As people age the rate of mental decline is up to five times faster in smokers than in nonsmokers, according to a study of 9,200 men and women over age 65.
- Quitting leads to better sex because it improves the body’s blood flow, so improves sensitivity. Men who stop smoking may get better erections. Women may find that their orgasms improve and they become aroused more easily. It’s also been found that non-smokers are three times more appealing to prospective partners than smokers. Obvious advantages are smelling fresh and preventing the “kissing an ashtray” feeling.
- Stopping smoking improves fertility because non-smoking women find it easier to get pregnant. Quitting smoking improves the lining of the womb and can make men’s sperm more potent. Being a non-smoker increases the possibility of conceiving through IVF and reduces the likelihood of having a miscarriage.
- Quitting smoking by parents and expectant parents improves the health of babies And of course quitting improves the chances of giving birth to a healthy baby. And Maternal smoking alone was associated with a doubling in SIDS risk.
- Quitting smoking reduces colic in babies because tobacco smoke appears to raise levels of a gut hormone called motilin in the blood and intestines. Motilin increases the contractions of the stomach and intestines, increasing the movement of food through the gut. “Higher-than-average motilin levels are linked to elevated risks of infantile colic,” the researchers write in the October issue of the journal Pediatrics.
- Stopping smoking reduces aging of your skin and stopping slows facial ageing and delay the appearance of wrinkles. The skin of a non-smoker gets more nutrients, including oxygen, and can reverse the sallow, lined complexion that smokers often have.
- Quitting smoking also reduces the risk of developing auto immune diseases, like Lupus and Thyroid problems
- People whose genes make them more susceptible to developing rheumatoid arthritis are even more likely to get the disease if they smoke, say Swedish researchers
- Quitting smoking reduces Snoring and this affects even secondhand smokers.
- People who smoke for more than 20 years are 70% more likely to have acid reflux and heartburn disease than nonsmokers,
- Quitting helps prevent breast cancer which is 30% higher than for women who had never smoked — regardless of whether the nonsmokers had been exposed to secondhand or passive smoke.