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6 ways your life will improve when you give up smoking
The second in our three-part series on your quitting journey. This week: the benefits.

DID YOU KNOW that over 70% of smokers want to quit?

Welcome to part two of our three-part series on just that: quitting smoking. We know that the journey to giving up can be a challenge, so while last time we focused on motivation to give up, this week we’re going to look ahead to the benefits.

We all know the hard facts: tobacco kills 50% of its users. That can be a difficult thing to wrap your head around in a real way – so here are some of the more everyday, tangible ways your life will improve when you drop cigarettes.

1. Ditch the Febreeze

No more stinky hair. Or car, or clothes, or furnishings… The list goes on. If you give the cigarettes the boot, you’ll wind up smelling a lot better.

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2. Smell the roses

And not only will you yourself smell more fragrant, but your sense of smell (and therefore taste) should slowly return to its previous strength, too. That means your food will get tastier. Win.

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3. The skin you’re in

Smoking adversely affects your skin, making it drier and more prone to wrinkles. Your hair and skin will improve in quality when you kick the habit, and you will no longer have stained fingernails – and you’ll nip your yellowing teeth in the bud.

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4. Back in the driving seat

Stopping smoking gives you back a sense of control over your actions. No longer are you bound to your hourly smoke breaks, or feeling like you have to cut conversations short because you need to go outside for a cigarette. It’s back to just you calling the shots, not the cigarettes.

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5. Breathe easier

Many smokers report suffering from a persistent cough. With your lung capacity improving by up to 10% within nine months of quitting, you’ll breathe much easier.

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6.  And finally…

Quitting improves your body’s bloodflow, meaning it increases sensitivity – which means stopping smoking could improve both men and women’s sex lives. Not only that, but non-smokers are THREE times more appealing than smokers to prospective partners.

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Have you ever given up smoking? Got any advice for those just about to start? Let us know in the comments section, and in the next instalment of our three-part series, we’ll round up your tips in order to help your fellow commenters. See you then.

Quitting smoking is sometimes a struggle, and Nicorette can offer a helping hand. Start your incredible journey today. Find out more about quitting tools and products, such as Invisimatch and QuickMist, at

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