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Want to quit smoking? 6 unexpected benefits of giving up

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet?

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IT’S ALMOST THE New Year, and along with a party to go to, you’ve probably been thinking of a few resolutions to make.

The new year is a great time to make a fresh start and often a time when people give up smoking. If you’re thinking of giving up the cigarettes but need a little bit of a nudge, here are six unexpected benefits of giving up.

1. Get a pay rise – sort of

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OK, you won’t quite get a pay rise, but think of the money you could be saving by giving up. A pack of 20 is approximately €10.50, so depending on whether you smoke half a pack, one pack or even two packs a day, you could be making serious savings weekly.

So, if you smoke 10 a day – that’s a saving of approximately €36.75 per week on cigarettes, (€10.50 x 3.5 packs a week) and if you smoke 30 a day you’ll save approximately €110.25 per week (€10.50 x 10.5 packs per week). That spending on cigarettes is straight out of your disposable income – think what it could add up to over a month or a year.

2. You may be more able to keep up with the kids – or whoever you need to

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A lesser-known benefit of quitting smoking is increased energy. Smokers tend to have a lowered lung capacity which means less oxygen in the blood which leads to fatigue over time.

So if you fancy more energy to run after your kids, or just go about your day generally, you know what to do.

3. You could be enjoying those fancy meals out more

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Just 48 hours after your last cigarette your nerve endings start to regroup so your sense of taste and smell improves. So now when you eat, you can really savour the taste of what’s on your plate – and you’ll never get a red wine jus confused with a raspberry coulis again.

4. One less reason to use whitening toothpaste

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Smoking can yellow teeth very quickly and some heavy smokers’ teeth even go brown eventually. Giving up the cigarettes won’t only help your smile be whiter – it will cut down your risk of gum disease, too.

5. You may have less cleaning to do

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Cigarettes make your clothes smell – and will do the same to your home and car if you smoke there. Giving up means you’re likely to need to wash your wardrobe less often, and it can cut down on the work you have to do to keep your house and your motor clean too.

Frankly, anything that means less time spent cleaning up is a win in our book.

6. You could be able to do much more

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As your bronchial tubes begin to relax (within three days of stopping) you may find yourself able to speak and sing more easily, without coughing or gasping for breath. Not only that, of course, but you could rediscover the ability to do more strenuous things – like taking up new sports or hobbies such as walking, running, football, swimming or whatever takes your fancy.

If quitting smoking is one of your New Year’s resolutions, NICORETTE® can offer a helping hand. Start your incredible journey today. Find out more about quitting tools and products, such as Nicorette Invisipatch and Nicorette QuickMist, at Nicorette.ie. NICORETTE® contains nicotine. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. Requires willpower.

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