97 Reasons to Quit Smoking

52. Use the cigarette lighter for a higher purpose: Keep your kids from fighting in the car.
Most portable appliances, including iPods and personal DVD players, plug in to the cigarette lighter in your car via an adapter. Chuck the lighter and deploy the power source to keep the kids entertained with movies or music.

53. Avoid carbon monoxide and other well-known killers.
Cigarettes produce carbon monoxide, which, when inhaled, binds to the oxygen-carrying molecules in your body, depriving you of air.

54. Your life insurance rates will go down—substantially...
One 2007 comparison showed a 40-year-old nonsmoker paying $55.13 a month for a$1 million 20-year policy. The price for a smoker of the same age:$231.46 per month. That's pure, actuarial math—the increased risk of dyingthat the smoker presents to the insurance company and that the company thenpasses on to the smoker.

55. ...and your life insurance company may even bribe you to quit.
John Hancock's Quit Smoking Incentive allows a cigarette smoker to pay a nonsmokerpremium for the first three years of the policy. If the smoker hasn't quit and stayed off cigarettes for at least 12 months by then, the premium doubles.

56. You won't be pumping out carcinogens like a Soviet-era steel plant.
According to the 2006 Surgeon General's Report, there are more than 50 carcinogens in secondhand smoke.

57. Your wounds will heal better.
Several studies have found that smokers do not heal as well after surgeries such as face lifts, tooth extractions, and periodontal procedures.

58. Your baby will be safer.
Exposure to secondhand smoke is linked to a higher risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

59. Clean up your children's lungs.
Secondhand smoke is now believed to be a risk factor for children to develop asthma; it also contributes to respiratory infections (such as pneumonia and bronchitis) and ear infections, as well as coughing, wheezing, and decreased lung function.

60. If you're pregnant, you can leave the 70% of pregnant smokers who can't quit in your dust.
According to the American Lung Association, only 30% of smokers quit when they find out they are pregnant. In 2004, 10% of women giving birth were smokers.

61. Experience menopause as scheduled, not before.
Smoking may advance the arrival of menopause in women by several years.

62. Perk up those sperm!
Even if they can get it up, men who smoke cigarettes have a lower sperm count and motility and increased abnormalities in sperm shape and function than men who don't smoke.

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