Tomorrow is too late, so the saying goes—and in the case of smoking, it’s especially true. Tobacco and nicotine products have proven time and again to be bad for your health, but that doesn’t make it easy to quit. Here are three things to boost your motivation to quit—today.
Reduce Cancer Risk
Smoking causes cancer, but recently scientists are also finding it can go beyond lung, throat, or mouth cancer. Bladder, head, colon, liver, stomach, kidney, pancreas, and neck cancers are more to add to the list. Of course nobody wants cancer, but the sobering fact that 87% of people with lung cancer are or were smokers is a good reminder to weigh how much you want a cigarette vs. a cancer later in life. The good news, however, is that you can reduce your cancer risk by quitting smoking right now, even if you’ve been smoking for decades—after being clean 20 years, you have the same risk of death from smoking-related causes as someone who never smoked a cigarette in their life.
Improve Oral Health
Talk about how quitting smoking can improve your oral health. One of the worst-impacted parts of your body from smoking is your mouth. According to Showtime Smiles, smoking cigarettes or cigars can lead to tooth discoloration, gum problems, teeth decay, and of course oral cancer. Also, when you experience small sores or cuts in your mouth, nicotine slows the healing process significantly. After you quit, you may experience oral problems such as bleeding gums or sensitivity as your mouth begins to heal, but brushing twice a day, flossing, and using mouthwash can help this process along.
Yet another great reason to quit is the extra money you’ll suddenly have in your wallet. As I Can Quit points out, smoking is expensive, and the money you’ll save from cutting it out can go towards things that will benefit your health, not hurt it. If you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day for instance, you’d have around $140 per week extra to do whatever you’d like after quitting. That’s about $7500 extra every year, and in ten years, enough to buy yourself a brand new car.
Most who smoke talk about quitting ‘one day’ or ‘someday,’ but there’s really no time like the present. So much of your life can improve without tobacco and nicotine in it—so why wait to enjoy it? Make a list yourself of all the reasons you have to quit, and do it today.Read this next: 4 Common Habits That Might Be Lowering Your Testosterone