You’re going to be less nervous
Despite the belief that a long drag off a cigarette can help calm a smoker’s nerves, a British study published at the beginning of this year suggests that quitting smoking can actually diminish anxiety to a large extent.
People who were able to quit felt a notable decrease in anxiety, while those that continued smoking for the most part felt a slight increase, according to the authors of the study in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
Similarly, a 2010 study in the journal, Addiction, showed that perceived stress decreased in people who had quit smoking over a year after being hospitalized for cardiac issues.
Your mouth is going to thank you
Quitting smoking can drastically lessen the risk of dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease, and conditions even more serious like oral cancer, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control.
In comparison with ex-smokers, people who continue to smoke have a 1.5 times higher risk of developing at least three oral health issues.
Your sex life is going to be better
Here’s a reason connected to the bedroom to quit smoking: studies have suggested a relationship between tobacco addiction and decreased sex drive in men as well as women.
Your skin will look better
If you like your skin to be in top form, then it’s best to quit smoking. Smoking affects the skin tone, promoting flabbiness and, of course, causing wrinkles around the lips. However, only a month and a half after you quit smoking, your skin will already start looking better.
You’ll have more hair
If you like having a head full of hair, it’s time to put the cigarettes down. Researchers have found a connection between smoking and a high risk of baldness in men.
Your mood will improve
Now this is a good benefit: Quitting smoking will make you a happier person. Researchers at Brown University found that smokers were happier while quitting, even if they started smoking again.
You’ll live longer
Quitting smoking can help women live a decade longer than they would if they continued smoking, according to a 2012 study in The Lancet. The researchers also found that the more the women smoked, the higher the risk of premature death. Even smokers who only have between one and nine cigarettes a day have two times the risk of dying in comparison to non-smokers.
You’re going to increase your chances of conception
If you’re trying to conceive, one of the best things you can do is quit smoking, according to a study. NBC news reported that female smokers have a 60 percent higher likelihood of being infertile, in comparison to non-smokers. Smoking is also related to miscarriages.
You’re going to enjoy food more
If you don’t like tasteless food, then you shouldn’t smoke, research suggests. A small study of Greek soldiers from 2009 shows an association between tobacco addiction and decreasing sensitivity in the taste buds, according to the report’s findings.
Colds will be more bearable
Minor cold symptoms could turn more serious for smokers, according to a study conducted by researchers from Yale University. The findings, published in 2008 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, showed an exaggerated immune system response in rats which had been exposed to cigarette smoke when they were also exposed to a virus similar to the flu.