Non-health-related reasons to stop smoking
Article date: 13 January 2014
It's the new year and many people will have made resolutions in the hope of bettering themselves throughout 2014.
When it comes to these personal vows, the usual suspects always crop up - for example, to take out (and actually use) a gym membership, to lose weight, to improve one's diet or perhaps to finally quit smoking.
Recently, researchers from the University of Stirling announced that January was the best time to try to stub out a cigarette habit. Studies found that those who put down their fags in January were more likely to be successful in their quest to quit than those who gave up at any other time of the year.
There is a veritable wealth of literature in circulation concerning the health benefits of doing so. What's more, there is plenty of evidence pointing to the numerous - and very serious - health risks faced by people choosing not to turn their back on smoking.
However, some people may need a little more convincing that they should make this year the one to quit.
Non-health-related reasons to quit
According to research carried out by electronic cigarette brand VIP, one in seven people said they were more likely to stub out their habit were they to notice that it had an effect on how they looked, rather than on their health.
More than a quarter of respondents to the survey said preserving their looks was their primary reason for ditching cigarettes, while 88 per cent said they regretted ever smoking because of how it was now affecting the way they looked.
It was revealed that the top ten concerns for smokers were yellowing teeth, bad breath, the general smell of smoke, more wrinkles, an increase in fine lines, yellow nails and fingers, missing teeth, wrinkles around the mouth and lips, bad skin, and a discoloured or ashen complexion.
The study found that the average smoker began to see such deterioration in their appearance around the age of 32.
A real - and visible - problem
Co-owner of VIP Dave Levin commented: "During our research, three-quarters of smokers said that their habit had caused deterioration to their looks and it was this, more than their health, that concerned them."
"The effects on your appearance are something you can see every time you look at your reflection, whether it's deeper wrinkles, discoloured teeth or a sallow complexion."
With one in three current smokers claiming they have had the effects of their habit on their face pointed out to them by someone else and two-fifths saying they have to spend longer beautifying themselves in order to counteract the effects of smoking, perhaps this will be enough to convince people to turn their back on cigarettes for good.
Reap the benefits within 20 minutes
Individuals can expect to see the benefits of stopping after just 20 minutes of not having a cigarette, at which point their blood pressure and pulse returns to normal.
Just 24 hours later the lungs will have started to clear and, after another day, the body is nicotine-free and senses of taste and smell will start to improve. Three days after the last puff, a person should be able to breathe more easily and will have more energy.