The Benefits of a Life Without Cigarettes

Have you ever considered the benefits of a cigarette-free life?
Here’s what some ex-smokers have told us about quitting smoking cigarettes:

  • “I feel a sense of pride.”
  • “I felt the satisfaction of having won a victory. “
  • “My family is very happy.”
  • “I have more energy.” “I’m in better shape.”
  • “My athletic performance has improved.”
  • “I feel more awake in the morning when I wake up.”
  • “I breathe better.”
  • “I rediscovered tastes and smells.”
  • “I save 30 dollars a week.”
  • “The smell on my clothes and my hair is gone.”
  • “My friends tell me that I look better.”
  • “I do not have to worry about my lungs.”
  • “I do not cough anymore.”
  • “I do not have headaches.”
  • “I’m less nervous.”

Improve Your Overall Health by Quitting Smoking.

You may fall seriously ill if you continue to smoke. Quitting smoking is a very important in protecting your health and that of your family, no matter how many years you’ve smoked.

  • Men who quit smoking between the ages of 35 and 39 years increase their life expectancy by 5 years, and women of the same age by 3. Even quitting after 65 will increase your life expectancy.
  • One year after quitting, the risk of heart disease is reduced by half. After 15 years, that risk is close to that of people who have never smoked.
  • 10 years after quitting smoking, the risk of developing lung cancer is halved.

Women benefit a lot from stopping smoking

  • Women who take contraceptive pills increase their risk of cardiovascular problems and blocked veins.
  • Smokers who wish to have a child have more difficulty getting pregnant than non-smokers. Women who don’t smoke are more likely to become pregnant.
  • Smoking during pregnancy causes significant risks to the baby, including the risk of low birth weight. Women who stop smoking before pregnancy or during the first trimester reduce these risks.
  • The nicotine inhaled with tobacco smoke passes through the placenta and into breast milk, it acts on the nervous system of the fetus and infant.
  • Menopause occurs earlier in smokers than non-smokers.
  • Smoking dries the skin and increases wrinkles!

By quitting smoking, you also protect your children

  • Children of smokers are about twice as likely to start smoking themselves than children of non-smokers.
  • Children of smokers are more likely to suffer from respiratory infections, asthma and chronic coughs than children of non-smokers

Did you know that:

  • Poison: Death-SkullIn Switzerland, in France and in most rich countries, smoking is the main preventable cause of death and disease.
  • One in two smokers dies of a disease attributable to smoking, and smokers die on average 10 years younger than non-smokers. By quitting smoking, you add several years to your life and increase your chances of seeing your grandchildren grow up.
  • In Switzerland, 7500 people die each year from diseases caused by smoking. That’s the equivalent of twenty Boeing 747 crashes. It’s more than the number of road accident deaths, AIDS deaths, alcohol poisoning deaths or suicides. In France, smoking kills more than 60,000 smokers per year.
  • Deaths from smoking are often preceded by a long and painful illness.
  • The risk of developing lung cancer is 18 times higher in smokers than in non-smokers, and the risk of myocardial infarction before age 65 is 3 times higher. These risks are greatly reduced when quitting smoking.
  • Only 13% of the people who are diagnosed with lung cancer today, will be alive in 5 years.
  • Smoking is the cause of many health problems such as: strokes, chronic bronchitis, osteoporosis (decreased bone density which causes pain and fractures), deterioration of the gums, etc..
  • 33% of fires are caused by smoking (cigarettes thrown in the trash, etc.)
  • There are approximately 4,000 chemical substances in tobacco smoke: carbon monoxide (which takes the place of oxygen to red blood cells and thus impedes the action of muscles and the brain), arsenic, cyanides, acetone, formaldehyde, acetic acid, formic acid, benzoic acid, titanium dioxide, bleach, combustion accelerators, etc..
  • The tar, which settles on the bronchi and lungs is known to cause cancer.
  • Cigarette manufacturers add ammonia to tobacco in order to facilitate the absorption of nicotine in the body and thus maintain smoker addiction.

About the Author

Senior Editor

After many previous failed attempts at quitting smoking I stumbled upon electronic cigarettes and decided to give them a try. It has been five years now that I smoked my last tobacco cigarette and I am 100% nicotine-free!

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