97 Reasons to Quit Smoking

63. Cut down on your cadmium, arsenic, N-nitrosamines, and formaldehyde.
Cigarette smoke contains some 4,000 chemical agents.

64. Earn more money and have more job options.
Smokers earn anywhere from 4% to 11% less than nonsmokers. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) National Workrights Institute estimates that there are more than 6,000 companies in the U.S. that attempt to regulate off-duty smoking and other private behavior.

65. Date more—at least in Canada...
A 2005 survey of Canadians, done by Nicoderm (a patch product) and Lavalife (a site that says it has "thousands of local, sexy adult online singles"), found that 56% of people would not date a smoker.

66. ...and get dumped less.
In that same survey, 20% had, or knew someone who had, broken up with someone because he or she smoked.

Cigarette smoking can alter how women perceive sweet foods.
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67. Enjoy chocolate more.
In a study, women who smoked were less sensitive to sweet flavors than women who never smoked.

68. Get more pleasure out of life.
No matter what the cigarette makers say about tobacco-induced coolness, bonhomie, cowboy-ruggedness, independence, and sexiness, it's mostly nonsense. Scientists at the Peninsula Medical School in the UK assessed the well-being of nearly 10,000 people over the age of 50 and found that smokers in the group reported lower than average levels of pleasure and less satisfaction with their lives than the nonsmokers.

69. Crash your car less often.
In a 1990 study published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, smokers had a 1.5-fold increase in risk for motor vehicle crashes over nonsmokers.


70. Be indoors more often, where it's safer.This smokers-on-a-balcony disaster video is a joke, but it's only one of a whole genre of "funny reasons to quit smoking" videos on YouTube that you can enjoy while not smoking.

71. Be more kissable.
Kiss someone after smoking a cigarette and you may get the same reaction as these chimpanzees.

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