Why Quit Now?

You smoke cigarettes … or cigars or a pipe. You’ve been doing it for years, if not decades. Friends have quit and they’ve told you how difficult it was.

So one might ask themselves: “I’m 67 years old and I’ve been smoking for over 30 years. Why quit now and put myself through withdrawal? What good would it do? Quitting now likely won’t help me avoid disease anyway.”

But this is not true. It’s always a good time to quit smoking. By quitting today you can immediately begin decreasing your odds of illness or disease caused by smoking and begin to improve your health. And also consider: the withdrawal symptoms are much easier to deal with the multitude of health issues that can arise from smoking.

Consider the information below that lists the health benefits of quitting smoking, even in your 60s, 70s or beyond. By putting down the cigarettes, you:

  • immediately begin lowering your risk of cancer, heart attack, stroke and lung disease
  • improve your blood circulation
  • reduce your risk of osteoporosis and vision problems
  • likely add years to your life
  • can breathe more easily and perhaps return to physical activities you once enjoyed
  • set an example for your children, grandchildren and friends that it’s never too late to make healthy choices
  • save money that can be used for trips, dinners, tee times and other forms of entertainment.

By not quitting, the opposite of all of those benefits can be true. For instance, by not quitting you increase your risk of cancer, heart attack, stroke, lung disease, osteoporosis, etc. So why not take a stand for your health right now. Put down the cigarettes and start improving your health today.

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