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Quit Smoking Today and Realize the Benefits Immediately

Mar 1, 2008
There are many health and social benefits that you will realize immediately after that last cigarette has been extinguished. There are also financial benefits to quitting your smoking habit.

There is a high financial cost to smoking that most smokers don't stop to think about. When you quit smoking the financial reward will be instantaneous. The average cost of a pack of cigarettes is $4.49 including taxes, this computes to $1,635 each year of your habit. Think of all you can do with that amount of money! The cost of smoking is far more than the actual amount you pay for your smokes. The cost includes the higher rates you will pay for insurance, cleaning bills, and teeth cleaning, it can even include the cost incurred if you lose your job. Companies have made announcements that they will no longer employee smokers. 1% of employers will not even hire smokers. The main reason - health insurance rates and in lost productivity due to more sick days from employees who smoke and also from loss years due to premature death of the smoking employee. Companies such as Weyco, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Alaska Airlines, Tacoma-Pierce County (Wash.) Health Department, and Union Pacific have all instituted some kind of smoker-hire policy according to a MSN Money article.

The social benefits start with the fact that your clothes won't spell like smoke anymore and your breath won't stink. These two facts alone will translate into an increased popularity. When you go out to eat, you can have a wide range of choices because now you can choose restaurants and not worry about being banned because of smoking.

Although you cannot undo the damage to your health that smoking has caused, you can prevent further health damage by quitting now. Your body will start to heal almost immediately. The healing will be felt when your blood pressure returns to a more normal range and your circulation improves. You will reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke and also lung cancer.

Now that you are not smoking, your teeth will stay white longer and your breath will be fresher. Your vehicle won't smell like a smoke stack and people won't look in disgust as you walk by anymore because you won't be leaving a cloud of disgusting smoke around you.

There you have it; your benefits include better health, your world will smell better and the food will taste better too. You will have more money to spend on whatever you wish because you won't be spending it on cigarettes. People will enjoy being around you because they won't have to put up with your foul-smelling cigarette smoke and your teeth won't get stained up anymore with tobacco. You probably won't miss those cigarette burns either, will you?
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Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on Quit Smoking.
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