5 amazing benefits of stopping smoking
We understand how difficult it can be to kick the smoking habit but often one of the biggest motivators can be understanding the benefits you’ll achieve from quitting. Combined they can really improve your quality of life – as well as your life expectancy.
Whilst the benefits are endless we’ve listed five key points below to get you started:
Improve your appearance
Did you know that Tobacco smoke contains thousands of chemicals that reduce the oxygen and nutrients levels in your skin? If you’re a long-term smoker you may have noticed your face developing wrinkles, crow’s feet and a grey, sallow complexion. No amount of beauty products will fix this alone – but giving up smoking will help to improve the appearance of your skin. And don’t forget the skin on your hands – smokers often have the tell-tale sign of nicotine-stained fingers – which are particularly stubborn to remove. Quitting will give your skin the chance to breathe and return to its normal appearance.
An increase in energy levels
Do you feel lethargic and struggle to get out of bed in the morning? As well as having an adverse effect on your immune system, making it harder to fight off colds, flu and other illnesses; smoking can affect your circulation making you feel tired, with not a lot of energy. Stop smoking and you’ll probably feel like bouncing out of bed in the morning as your energy levels improve over time.
There are thousands of deaths each year linked to smoking – if you stop you’ll lessen the risk of heart attack, stroke and cancer. If you stay smoke-free for 12 months, your risk of having a heart attack will be half that of a regular smoker, so it really doesn’t take that long for you to see some significant health benefits.
And whilst the health benefits are obvious, there’s another great advantage to quitting smoking – and that’s the money that you’ll have in your pocket! Smoking is not a cheap habit to have so by giving up, you could find yourself a little more well off than you imagined…
Save around £1800 in ONE year!
Smoking 10 cigarettes a day is likely to cost you around £5 a pack. If you stopped smoking for a month, you could save around £150, and over the course of a year this would add up to almost £1800. And if you’ve got a 20-a-day habit, then this is double to around £3600.
Just think what you could do with that kind of money? Whether it’s home improvements, a new wardrobe or a fantastic family holiday, a year’s worth of not smoking definitely deserves a reward!
Get cheaper insurance
Whether you’re looking for life insurance or private health insurance, the cost of your premium could be slashed if you give up smoking. With these types of insurance, your health plays a major role in your risk factor – and with smoking linked to a number of serious illnesses, smokers will often pay much more for their insurance than a non-smoker. Providers will typically expect you to have been smoke-free for at least 12 months before offering the standard rate, so the sooner you quit, the sooner you can benefit from cheaper insurance.
The combined health and financial benefits of stopping smoking are certain to outweigh the temporary enjoyment that you receive when lighting up.
If you are finding it difficult to quit there are a number of service that can help you such as NHS – Smokefree
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The above post is intended to be informative but does not constitute advice – financial, legal or otherwise. Any opinions given are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of SoSmart Protect.