• Albert Takem

Smoke Cessation: 3 Reasons Why You Should Quit Smoking Today

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Common sense tells us that smoking is never good for the lungs, but it’s easier to preach than to practice. According to the CDC, 68% of adults said they wanted to quit in 2015 and 55% made an attempt in the last year. But as of 2018, only 7.5% actually took the leap and were successful. Smoking is a nasty, addictive habit, so it’s understandable why this is tough to do. In addition to finding the appropriate medication and counseling to help you kick the habit, here are three other motivators that might get you to say goodbye to smoking for good.

You’ll Save Money

Let’s be real, smoking wreaks havoc on your teeth, so it’s no surprise that you’ll be taking extra trips to the dentist (and paying for it). Not to mention, a pack of cigarettes costs an upwards of $6.28, which is $188 a month. Still not much? It can add up to over $2,000 a year! That’s about a month’s pay or more!

It Increases Your Risk of Cancer

Did you know that there are nearly 70 chemicals in cigarettes that have been linked to cancer? We’ve seen an increase of cancer and COPD in smokers since the 1960s. Smokers on average are more prone to lung, throat, and mouth cancer. But it’s not just smoking as all forms of tobacco are toxic and addictive. Needless to say, it’s best to stay away from these chemicals for your own health.

It Lowers Your Stamina

Smoking restricts oxygen to the blood, heart, and lungs, leaving you with less stamina. This could be a good motivator to help you quit. Want to get in shape and stay that way? Throw the nicotine out! Not to mention, exercise can help you manage withdrawal symptoms such as depression and anxiety. Don’t let yourself be winded after walking up a flight of stairs and do your waistline a favor by quitting.

Thousands of people smoke despite knowing the health risk. Unfortunately, humans are creatures of habit, so sometimes external forces are needed to push us along. There are many other practical reasons to quit smoking apart from your health, such as financial and other practical reasons. Smoking can even damage relationships in some cases. If you’re thinking about quitting, there’s no time like the present.

Our staff at Maryland Primary Care is filled with trained professionals who will help you manage your lung health. No matter what stage of quitting you might be in, let us aid you on your health journey!

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