Benefits of Stopping

There are so many benefits to stopping smoking. Not only will your health improve there are also many social and lifestyle benefits. These are just some of the benefits to you. There are also many benefits to the people around you, if you stop smoking.


How Will My Health Benefit?

  • You will reduce your risk of developing illness, disability or death caused by cancer, heart or lung disease
  • You will reduce your risk of gangrene or amputation caused by circulatory problems
  • You will protect the health of those around you by not exposing them to secondhand smoke
  • You will reduce the chances of your children suffering from asthma or glue ear
  • You will improve your fertility levels and your chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby
  • You will improve your breathing and general fitness
  • You will enjoy the taste of food more

How Will My Lifestyle Improve?

  • You will save money - as much as several hundred pounds a month, if you're a heavy smoker
  • You will no longer smell of stale tobacco in your hair, skin and clothes
  • You will look more attractive with healthy, glowing skin, no tobacco stains on your teeth or your fingers and fewer wrinkles
  • You will feel more confident in social situations - you won't be worrying about the secondhand smoke you create anymore
  • Your home will smell fresh and you will no longer be staining your walls with nicotine
  • You will reduce the risk of fire in your home
  • Smoking is a big turn off to potential partners, so when you go smokefree, you might be surprised by the new attention you receive

How Does Smoking Affect My Mouth?

Smoking affects the health of your mouth and teeth in many ways including:

  • Risk of cancer of the mouth
  • Tooth loss
  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Staining of teeth / fillings / dentures
  • Staining of cheeks and gums
  • Gum disease / gingivitis
  • Bad breath
  • Loss of bone around the teeth
  • Hairy tongue
  • Problems with roof of mouth
  • Poor wound healing
  • Increased tartar

Good News! By stopping smoking, the condition of your mouth will greatly improve. Gums will be healthier and your taste and sense of smell will improve.

Stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do to stop the damage.

Please note, some of the content has been adapted from smokefree.nhs.uk



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