97 Reasons to Quit Smoking

21. You may be able to cut back on your dosage of certain medications.
Smoking affects the liver enzymes that process certain drugs, so smokers sometimes need to take higher doses to get the same effect.

22. You'll be less likely to burn down your house.
One study found that people who live in smoking households were up to 6.6 times more likely to experience a fire injury than those in nonsmoking households. According to another study, cigarettes were the cause of 55% of all house fires involving a fatality. Overall, cigarettes are the leading cause of death from residential fires. On April 9, 2008, a 3-year-old Texas boy burned down his family's house after playing with a cigarette lighter. The boy, a report said, would nowattend a fire safety course.

23. You'll cut your risk of Crohn's disease.
Smokers are four times more likely as those who never smoked to develop this chronic—sometimes debilitating—disease, which can be painful, causes frequent diarrhea, and can require intestinal surgery.

24. Save money—lots of it—and purchase more important luxuries, like gas.
Calculate how much you'll save.

25. If you stop buying cigarettes online, you'll not only save money, but you'll also chip away at a sleazy business.
Yes, you can save tons of money buying cigarettes online—but then you're supporting a sleazy business. In 2004, a California study showed that kids had no problem finding and ordering cigs online, and 77% got their tobacco delivered. Another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2003 showed that 92% of minors were able to buy smokes online despite the prevalence of age warnings on the sites.

26. Decrease your risk of heart disease and heart attack.
Smokers are at two to four times greater risk of developing coronary heart disease as nonsmokers. Cigarette smokers with coronary heart disease are also at twice the risk for sudden cardiac death as nonsmokers with coronary heart disease.

27. You'll be less likely to die of a brain tumor.
The brain is a common site for lung cancer to spread. In fact, according tothe American College of Radiology, radiation therapy maysometimes be used on the brain even when no cancer has been detected in "this vitalsite."

28. You'll brighten up your choppers.
Nobody likes tobacco stains. The average professional teeth-cleaning procedure costs somewhere between $500 and $1000.

29. You'll be less wrinkly.
After 10 years, smoking can speed up your skin's aging process by narrowing your skin's blood vessels and damaging the tissues that give the skin its strength and elasticity.

30. Cut the risk of acid reflux.
If you've smoked for 20 years, you're 70% more likely than a nonsmoker to have acid reflux.

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