5 reasons you’ll quit smoking this year

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Thursday, October 21, 2010 | Carolyn Sperry | Categories:
Not too old No more using your age as an excuse to keep lighting up: Older smokers who quit can still reap the benefits. More good news? New research indicates that older smokers are more successful at quitting than younger ones. Medicare covers drugs used to help smokers quit and will soon cover smoking cessation counseling as well. Beyond the familiar warnings about lung cancer and emphysema, smoking increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke and is associated with a host of other serious conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and lupus. Quality of life Life-threatening diseases aside, smoking contributes to macular degeneration, impaired sexual function in men and women, acid reflux, shortness of breath, insomnia, premature aging (sometimes known as “smoker’s face”) and dental problems. For the kids You want to set a good example for your kids or grandkids. If they take up smoking, how will you feel? Right. Make yours a nonsmoking family — period. Money money Taxes on cigarettes are soaring in many locales as cash-strapped states and municipalities look everywhere for revenue. More companies are offering incentives to employees who quit. And on the flip side, it’s becoming increasingly common for employers to penalize those who don’t quit with higher insurance premiums and deductibles. Changin’ times It’s hardly news to smokers who’ve been pestered by family members that tobacco use has fallen out of favor. With public smoking evolving from ubiquitous to taboo over the past few decades, smoke odor emanating from a person’s clothes (and hair and breath) has become all the more noticeable. And not in a good way. Some employers now refuse to hire smokers at all, some apartment and condominium buildings have disallowed smoking, and many singles looking for a partner say they’d never consider dating someone who smokes.
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