As we approach the new year, a number of Americans will make it a resolution to quit smoking for good.
It won't be easy; the nicotine in tobacco products is highly addictive.
That's is why it's highly recommended to seek out medical help and various treatment options to guide you. It's much better than deciding to go it alone and quit "cold turkey".
If you're considering quitting or aren't sure if you should quit, here are ten good reasons why it's worth the effort.
You'll save a ton of money.
Cigarettes are getting more and more expensive. Much of the reason for this is an effort to discourage people from smoking.
Should a person choose to stop smoking, they will find they'll spend hundreds (even thousands) of dollars less each year.
Your health will improve immediately.
When you quit smoking, your health starts to improve within minutes.
Your heart rate and blood pressure are both said to drop within a half hour; within half a day, the carbon monoxide levels in your blood return to normal.
Within a year, you'll cut your risk of developing heart disease in half.
You may actually start to look attractive again.
Smoking is something that's always portrayed as cool or sexy, but after years of battering your body with toxic fumes, you won't appear to be either of these things.
Smoking yellows the skin and teeth and makes you look a good decade (or two) older than you really are.
It could save the life of your child.
Smoking mothers of young infants can unknowingly increase the risk that their offspring could die of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS.
It's said to occur when a child is allowed to share a bed with a parent who smokes.
You won't be breathing in as many germs.
When you quit smoking, you will find that you inhale fewer bacteria.
Ultimately it's the constant inhalation of germs that scientists believe leads to the development various infections and chronic diseases.
Your sex life could improve drastically.
Constant smoking is blamed for decreased libido, especially in men.
"Smoking has a direct, negative effect on the sexuality of a man on every level," according to Panayiotis M. Zavos, Ph.D., the director of the Andrology Institute of America.
He and his team of researchers found that smoking greatly interfered with a couple's ability to conceive.
Your bones won't be as weak.
A major reason to quit smoking it weakens bones. Women who smoke lose anywhere from two to three percent of bone density for every ten years that they smoke.
You're less likely to experience a highly preventable demise.
We're all going to die one day. It's a morbid fact that many of us like to ignore, but it's true.
However, smoking is considered the number one cause of all preventable deaths.
It ranked higher than obesity or excessive salt intake.
When you quit smoking, you giving yourself a chance at a longer, healthier, and happier life.