Lesser-known reasons to quit smoking are worth recognizing.
Now that you’ve quit smoking, you’ve made a huge step to lead a better, healthier life. You know all about how you’ve lessened your chance of getting lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease, but did you know you are also decreasing your risk of many other conditions too?
Here are six more lesser-known reasons you can add to your arsenal to quit and stay quit!
You can continue making smart decisions like the one you made about quitting smoking. Cigarettes damage arteries and increase a smoker’s risk of stroke, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, the rate of mental decline is up to five times faster in smokers than nonsmokers. Now that you’ve quit, your brain will be very thankful and can function much better through your later years.
You are protecting your kids. Children are particularly susceptible to smoking both in and out of utero. It can increase a child’s risk of asthma attacks, ear infections, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), underdeveloped lungs, and even premature death. Your quit significantly cuts these risks to your children. If you’re hoping to conceive another child, be thankful that you’ve quit because smoking also reduces male and female fertility.
Your partner will be happier. Get ready to set the mood because, if you’re male, quitting smoking decreases your chance of experiencing erectile dysfunction. Plus, your snoring may get better too, and that’s *silent* music to your partner’s ears!
Your immune system can kick butt again! Quitting smoking decreases your chance of developing autoimmune issues like lupus or psoriasis. You should also be able to get over colds or the flu a lot faster now too.
You’ll be able to see better the beautiful things in our world. More than a quarter of cases related to age-related macular degeneration with blindness or visual impairment is attributed to smoking. Cutting cigarettes out significantly reduces your risk of vision lost, which means you can continue to be mesmerized by double rainbows.
Your whole body will thank you. The list goes on and on of other diseases and health conditions that you are less likely to develop now that you’ve quit: hair loss, rheumatoid arthritis, heartburn, thyroid disease, gangrene, and many other cancers (like liver, kidneys, bladder, colon, or cervix cancer).
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