97 Reasons to Quit Smoking

41. Protect Fido and Fluffy.
A number of studies show that secondhand smoke at home may be associated with oral cancer and lymphoma in cats, lung and nasal cancer in dogs, and lung cancer in birds.

42. Get more work done at the office.
A study in the Netherlands showed that smokers took an average of 11 more sick days a year than nonsmokers.

43. No more little, round burn holes in your clothes or car seats.
It doesn't matter if you're wearing linen, cotton, or wool (or if your car seats are wearing leather or vinyl), all sorts of materials are susceptible to cigarette burns.

44. Cut your chances of a horrible elevator experience.
If you take cigarette breaks in a tall building, you'll take more elevator rides. Let this guy's story of a smoke break that turned into a 41-hour captivity be a cautionary tale.

45. Save water, cut your carbon footprint.
According to GreenYour.com, washing machines suck up 21.7 percent of household water usage. Stinky clothes need more washing. Ergo, you'll save water and reduce your electricity bill.

46. Save trees, cut your carbon footprint.
A Belgian University study from the 1990s cited deforestation (to make way for tobacco farming) and wood burning (to cure the tobacco) as negative factors in the ecology of developing countries.

47. If Obama can do it, so can you.
Well, at least he's trying.
Obama took some heat in early 2007 from, among others, Fox News, causing the BBC to comment derisively on the "McCarthyite" aspects of the story. (Scroll way down on that BBC link.)

48. Spend less time in the dentist's chair.
According to the American Dental Association, smoking puts you at greater risk for all kinds of dental problems, including oral cancer and gum disease. It also takes longer for your dentist to clean all the stains off your teeth at your checkups. Wouldn't you rather be doing, well, anything other than sitting in a dentist's chair?

49. Save money on breath fresheners.
The gum, mint, and breath freshener industry takes in $3.7 billion a year. But it'll take less of your money if you don't have to pop a mint after every smoke.

50. Be nagged less.
We now live in a society where haranguing a smoker is almost a civic duty, and certainly an act of love if said smoker is a relative or dear friend. Like most smokers, Kevin Ambrose, 52, of Washington Grove, Md., gets ribbed about quitting: "My wife wants me to quit, my kids want me to quit, my cardiologist wants me to quit, my father wants me to quit," he says.

51. Stop that nagging cough too.
Those most at risk for bronchitis are smokers or people who live with smokers.

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