You may have started smoking to fit in with your friends. Maybe your
parents smoke or your brother chews. Whatever the reason you began using
tobacco, there are lots more reasons to stop:
Smoking is much more addictive than you may believe. You may think you can stop whenever you choose, but over half of teenagers who start smoking become addicted. Stopping now is much easier.
You will be more in control of your life after
You will look better. Your hair, clothes, and breath
will smell better, and your teeth will be whiter. Teenagers often report that they
prefer dating and kissing people who don't use tobacco.
Add up how
much you spend each week, month, or year on cigarettes (or chewing tobacco or
snuff). What else could you do with that money?
Using spit tobacco
causes bad breath, problems with teeth, and sores or spots inside the
Smoking is a poor way to lose weight or keep from gaining
weight. Physical activity is much better for controlling weight, and it will
give you muscle tone. Although many people gain weight after they quit,
it's often temporary. Some people even lose weight after quitting because they
become more active.
After you quit smoking, you will tire less
easily after physical activity. Athletes perform better after they quit.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn Hughes, MD - Psychiatry Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health