The beautiful benefits of quitting smoking

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As if the health and financial benefits of quitting smoking weren't enough to convince you – did you know that quitting smoking can improve your appearance and even your relationships too? Welcome to the beautiful benefits of quitting smoking. 

Healthier, younger-looking skin 

Smoking may cause wrinkles, premature aging and make your skin look thin and grey.1,2, Smoking affects collagen production, which is used by your skin to keep it more elastic.2

When you quit smoking, your skin can become healthier, freshening up your complexion and improve skin conditions.3,4

Whiter teeth and fresher breath 

Quitting smoking can improve the health of your mouth, gums and teeth.5 Smoking is associated with a gum disease called periodontitis, which can make your teeth become so loose they may need to be removed6 – not a good look! Quitting reduces the risk of developing the disease, and slows down its progression in people who already have it.5

There's no denying that smoking stains your teeth and makes your breath smell, which can be hard to cover up. When you quit smoking, your teeth may become less stained and you can look forward to fresher breath.3 This can be rather handy, as it's been found that non-smokers are more appealing to prospective partners than smokers!7

Clearer, brighter eyes 

Smoke from cigarettes leaves your eyes irritated and red and can make them sting, burn and generally feel uncomfortable.8 It can also cause some serious diseases like cataracts and make some conditions like dry eye even worse.8,9  Just imagine how your eyes would look and feel without a constant smoke stream flowing in front of them. 

Fresh smelling hair and clothes 

The smell of cigarette smoke lingers in hair, clothes and other materials for hours or even days after you've put out your last smoke.Tobacco smoke contamination that remains long after a cigarette has been extinguished is called thirdhand smoke.It's acocktail of toxins,10 and it's a big part of what makes smokers smell like, well, smokers

You may not notice it now, but when you've quit smoking, you might be surprised by how quickly you notice the smell on other people's clothing and hair. Once you've quit, wash your clothes well – try a laundry detergent with eucalyptus oil for a fresh, natural scent. You might like to treat yourself to a new fragrant shampoo and conditioner too. 

How will you celebrate the beautiful benefits of quitting?

When you're finally smoke-free, it's a great idea to reward yourself with some of the money you've saved by quitting. Plan a special treat for each smoke-free milestone you reach: 24 hours, then 48 hours, one week, two weeks and beyond. 

After years of treating your skin, teeth and hair as victims of smoking, it might just be time to give their new found freshness some extra pampering. Why not indulge in something special that you usually don't do for yourself? A luxurious facial, a teeth-whitening treatment or stress-relieving head and scalp massage are treats that you really do deserve. Make this the start of caring for your hair, skin and body in a whole new way. 

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References
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  2. Ortiz, A. and Grando, S.A. (2012). Smoking and the skin. International journal of dermatology51(3), pp.250-262.
  3. US National Library of Medicine (MedlinePlus). Benefits of quitting tobacco. Available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007532.htm. Accessed 13 May 2020.
  4. Serri, R., Romano, M.C. and Sparavigna, A. (2010). "Quitting smoking rejuvenates the skin": results of a pilot project on smoking cessation conducted in Milan, Italy. Skinmed. 8(1), pp.23–29.
  5. Tobacco in Australia. Facts & Issues. Chapter 7: 7.1 Health and other benefits of quitting. Available at http://www.tobaccoinaustralia.org.au/chapter-7-cessation/7-2-health-and-other-benefits-of-quitting. Accessed 13 May 2020. 
  6. Better Health Channel. Gum disease. Available at https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/gum-disease. Accessed 13 May 2020. 
  7. Skinner, A.L., Woods, A., Stone, C.J., Penton-Voak, I. and Munafò, M.R. (2017). Smoking status and attractiveness among exemplar and prototypical identical twins discordant for smoking. Royal Society open science4(12), p.161076.
  8. Solberg, Y., Rosner, M. and Belkin, M. (1998). The association between cigarette smoking and ocular diseases. Survey of ophthalmology42(6), pp.535–547.
  9. All about vision. How smoking harms your eyes. Available at https://www.allaboutvision.com/smoking/. Accessed 12 May 2020.
  10. Tobacco in Australia. Facts & Issues. Chapter 4: 4.3 Thirdhand smoke. Available at https://www.tobaccoinaustralia.org.au/chapter-4-secondhand/4-3-thirdhand-smoke. Accessed 13 May 2020.