Benefits of Quitting

Benefits of Quitting

Kicking the tobacco habit offers some benefits that you’ll notice right away and some that will develop over time. These rewards can improve your day-to-day life a great deal:

  • your breath smells better
  • stained teeth get whiter
  • bad smelling clothes and hair go away
  • your yellow fingers and fingernails disappear
  • food tastes better
  • your sense of smell returns to normal
  • everyday activities no longer leave you out of breath (such as climbing stairs or light housework)

Smokefree.gov lists many benefits to quitting smoking.

The Decision to Quit Smoking:

You must decide when it is time to quit.  Others in your life may want you to quit but you will be the one who has to commit to quitting. Think about why you want to quit:

  • Are you worried that you could get a smoking-related disease?
  • Do you really believe that the benefits of quitting outweigh the benefits of continuing to smoke?
  • Do you know someone who has had health problems because of their smoking?
  • Are you ready to make a serious try at quitting?

If you are thinking about quitting, setting a date and deciding on a plan will move you to the next step.

Tips to Help You Quit

  • Set a quit date, ideally within 2 weeks.
  • Remove tobacco products from your environment.
  • Get support from family, friends, and coworkers.
  • Review past quit attempts—what helped, what led to relapse.
  • Anticipate challenges, particularly during the critical first few weeks, including nicotine withdrawal.
  • Identify reasons for quitting and benefits of quitting.
  • Total abstinence is essential—not even a single puff.
  • Drinking alcohol is strongly associated with relapse.
  • Allowing others to smoke in the household hinders successful quitting.

Dealing With Withdrawal

Smokefree.gov lists ways to help deal with withdrawal when quitting.

Medications that can help you deal with withdrawal.