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Younger-Looking and Healthier Body After Quitting Smoking

Overview

It's never too late to quit smoking. No matter when you quit, your health will improve.

People who quit smoking reduce their risks for cancer, lung diseases, heart attacks, strokes, blood vessel diseases, and blindness from macular degeneration. They get sick less often, heal faster, and have fewer colds and flu episodes. And they have less bronchitis and pneumonia. Their mood is better, and they are less stressed.

But it's more than avoiding disease. You may also feel better and will probably find your own personal benefits as well.

  • Your sense of taste and sense of smell may improve.
  • Your voice may improve as irritation of the voice box (larynx) from smoke is reduced.
  • Your clothes and hair won't smell of smoke.
  • Your shortness of breath, energy, and asthma symptoms may get better after you quit.
  • You may tire less easily after physical activity. Athletes perform better after they quit smoking.
  • You will save money. Add up how much you spend each week, month, or year on cigarettes (or chewing tobacco or snuff). What else could you do with that money?

And you'll help others when you quit.

  • You will reduce the health risks for your family members caused by secondhand smoke.
  • Your kids will be less likely to start smoking. If your teen already smokes, they are more likely to quit smoking if you quit.
  • If you're pregnant, you'll help your baby get the oxygen needed for a healthy start. Underweight babies and problems during pregnancy are less likely for those who quit smoking.

Credits

Current as of: August 2, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Michael F. Bierer MD - Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine