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The Benefits of Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking is great for your health. Over time it lowers your risk for smoking-related diseases and can add years to your life. And the health benefits of quitting smoking continue to grow the longer you stay quit. Check out our Quitting Smoking Timeline for what you can look forward to as a former smoker.

There are plenty of reasons to quit smoking. Your heart, lungs, even your finances will see an improvement!
Here are just a few:

Save Money

One cost of smoking? It costs money! When you give up a 1 pack a day habit at an average cost of $6.18, you can save $2,200 a year. Of course, in... Read More

Save Money

One cost of smoking? It costs money! When you give up a 1 pack a day habit at an average cost of $6.18, you can save $2,200 a year. Of course, in addition to all the money you’ll save, many people find they get lower insurance premiums once they start living life smoke-free. Close

Increased Lung Power

Three sure signs of a smoker are wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. Your lungs are working overtime. Quit, and in 2 to 3 months...Read More

Increased Lung Power

Three sure signs of a smoker are wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. Your lungs are working overtime. Quit, and in 2 to 3 months your lung function improves. Other health benefits include less chance of developing emphysema later in life and in ten years, your risk of lung cancer is half that of a smoker.Close

No More Smoky Smell

Most smokers aren’t bothered by the smell of smoke that sticks around in their hair or clothes because they can’t smell it. After they quit,...Read More

No More Smoky Smell

Most smokers aren’t bothered by the smell of smoke that sticks around in their hair or clothes because they can’t smell it. After they quit, however, the smell of smoke can be offensive, just as it is for most nonsmokers.Close

Healthier Looking Skin

Smoking causes wrinkles around the mouth due to the heat from the tips of cigarettes and repeatedly pursing your lips to take a drag. Smokers’ ...Read More

Healthier Looking Skin

Smoking causes wrinkles around the mouth due to the heat from the tips of cigarettes and repeatedly pursing your lips to take a drag. Smokers’ skin becomes less elastic and tends to sag and wrinkle earlier than nonsmokers’.Quitting can help clear up blemishes and protect your skin from premature aging and wrinkling..Close

Save Money

One cost of smoking? It costs money! When you give up a 1 pack a day habit at an average cost of $6.18, you can save $2,200 a year. Of course, in addition to all the money you’ll save, many people find they get lower insurance premiums once they start living life smoke-free. Close

Decreased Cancer Risks

Most everyone knows smoking increases your chances of lung cancer. But smoking also increases your risk for cancer of the stomach, mouth,... Read More

Decreased Cancer Risks

Most everyone knows smoking increases your chances of lung cancer. But smoking also increases your risk for cancer of the stomach, mouth, throat, kidney, cervix, pancreas and bladder. 10 years after quitting your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker’s. Your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases.Close

Live Longer

People who quit smoking live longer than those who smoke, because quitting reduces the risk of dying from specific smoking-related diseases... Read More

Live Longer

People who quit smoking live longer than those who smoke, because quitting reduces the risk of dying from specific smoking-related diseases. According to the American Cancer Society, people who quit smoking before age 50 have one-half the risk of dying in the next 15 years compared with people who continue to smoke.Close

A Strong Heart

20 minutes after quitting your heart rate drops back down to normal. In just 2 weeks to 3 months your heart attack risk begins to drop, and your...Read More

A Strong Heart

20 minutes after quitting your heart rate drops back down to normal. In just 2 weeks to 3 months your heart attack risk begins to drop, and your lung function begins to improve. In a year, your risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker. And your heart keeps on getting healthier. In 15 years, your risk of heart disease is the same as that of a nonsmoker.Close

Food Tastes Better

Smoking can dull your sense of smell and taste. As you regain your senses after you quit smoking, you’ll notice eating can be more pleasurable ...Read More

Food Tastes Better

Smoking can dull your sense of smell and taste. As you regain your senses after you quit smoking, you’ll notice eating can be more pleasurable because you can actually taste your food. Close

Increased Lung Power

Three sure signs of a smoker are wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. Your lungs are working overtime. Quit, and in 2 to 3 months your lung function improves. Other health benefits include less chance of developing emphysema later in life and in ten years, your risk of lung cancer is half that of a smoker.Close

Better Sex

Studies looking at men who smoke have found that they are more likely to have impotence (erectile dysfunction). This gets worse the longer they...Read More

Better Sex

Studies looking at men who smoke have found that they are more likely to have impotence (erectile dysfunction). This gets worse the longer they smoke, and may be due to problems with blood flow. In just 3 months after quitting, blood flow throughout your body improves, increasing your chances of having a healthy sexual life. If a better sex life isn’t a good reason to quit, what is?.Close

A Quiet’s Night’s Sleep

Smoking could be the reason you (and your partner) are tossing and turning at night. Smoking irritates the membranes in the nose and throat... Read more

A Quiet’s Night’s Sleep

Smoking could be the reason you (and your partner) are tossing and turning at night. Smoking irritates the membranes in the nose and throat which can block the airways and cause snoring.
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Freedom

Think about it. Once you’re no longer tied to your smoking habit, you’ll feel a sense of freedom – no more sneaking outside to grab ...Read More

Freedom

Think about it. Once you’re no longer tied to your smoking habit, you’ll feel a sense of freedom – no more sneaking outside to grab a quick smoke; no more dreading long flights; no more making excuses. You can breathe easier and enjoy your newfound freedom from smoking.
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Milestones of Your Quit.

The longer you stay smoke-free, the more benefits  you’ll see. Check out our Quit Smoking Timeline to see the benefits you’ll see throughout your mind and body along your quit journey.

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Quit Smoking Timeline