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Quitting Smoking: Five Reasons to Quit Today

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Are you a social smoker? Do you only smoke when you drink alcohol? Do you smoke a pack a day? Do you smoke two packs a day? Do you buy more cartons of cigarettes than you do eggs? Whatever the amount and whatever the reason, smoking is not healthy. Period.

Need a reason to quit smoking? Well, here are five:

  1. Quitting prolongs your life! According to the American Heart Association, smokers who quit between the ages of 35 and 39 add an average of 6 to 9 years to their lives. Smokers who quit between the ages of 65 and 69 increase their life expectancy by 1 to 4 years. 
  2. Quitting decreases your risk of heart attack and stroke! Quitting smoking reduces the risk of repeat heart attacks and death from heart disease by 50% or more, and reduces your risk of high blood pressure, peripheral artery disease, and stroke. 
  3. Quitting decreases your risk of cancer! Quitting smoking also reduces your risk for various other conditions including: lung cancer, throat cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, chronic asthma, ulcers, gum disease, diabetes, and many more.
  4. Quitting will make you feel & look healthier! After you quit smoking, you won't cough as much, have as many sore throats, and you will increase your stamina. Quitting improves your sense of taste and smell, improves your skin and prevents wrinkles, and means no more stained teeth or smelling like stale smoke.
  5. Quitting means you will save money! Calculate how much money you spend every day, week, month and over the course of a YEAR on cigarettes. It all adds up, probably more than you realize. Just imagine what you could do with all that money!

If you are ready to make a lifestyle change, UnityPoint Heath- Fort Dodge can help. Our caring team of physicians and nurses can assist you with the information you need to get started, and offer support and guidance through the process. It's never too late to quit smoking and improve your health.