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The Benefits of Quitting Smoking


Updated June 17, 2014

The Benefits of Quitting Smoking
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We all expect our health to improve when when we stub out that last cigarette,  but that is just the beginning of the benefits when we quit smoking.

The positive results of smoking cessation listed below were collected from About.com Smoking Cessation forum members. They quickly learned that the return on their efforts to quit smoking was well worth the work it took to achieve it -- and then some.

Settle in with a cup of tea and grab some inspiration from those who have made a success of smoking cessation.

Benefits of Smoking Cessation

  • Every breath I take feels so clean and refreshing
  • I'm not tired during the day...yet I sleep like a rock at night
  • I have more stamina, endurance, and confidence
  • More cash in my pocket
  • My clothes don't stink
  • I'm not ashamed of smoking anymore
  • My anxiety level has gone way, way down
  • I can breathe!
  • I'm working out like a champ
  • I am in control of ME
  • No more coughing
  • I'm eating better--I used to substitute cigarettes for food a lot
  • I can smell again
  • My complexion is much better
  • My heart feels relaxed...like it can do more work with less effort now
  • Less heartburn and indigestion
  • More respect for myself
  • No need to worry about attending events where I can't smoke
  • My house smells good! My car smells good!
  • No more fear of fire caused by smoking
  • I spend money on my health now, like working out at a health club, instead of on cigs
  • My sinus problems are gone!
  • My allergies and asthma have improved
  • I don't feel like a hypocrite
  • I can sing again!
  • No more time wasted smoking
  • Whiter teeth
  • Fresh breath
  • Sharper thinking
  • Pride in myself
  • No more guilt about exposing family and friends to secondhand smoke
  • Confidence in my ability to achieve whatever goal I set for myself!
Smoking cessation is hard work at times, especially early on, but dig your feet in and give it all you've got. Remind yourself daily about why you want to quit smoking, and picture yourself as a contented ex-smoker, free of the need to light up every hour on the hour.

Smoking cessation is not out of your reach.  It’s doable, and you have the ability to make it happen, right now.  Believe it and believe in yourself.

Quit smoking now!

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