Surpise Benefits

I find it motivational to hear about surprise benefits that people noticed they weren't expecting from when they quit smoking. For myself, I have noticed that I no longer have heartburn, and I am not longer as pale as I have been for the past fifteen years, as well as my hands and feet are now not freezing cold all the time. I would love to hear what others have found when they quit smoking that they hadn't expected

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  • Hi Horace :D

    I'm pleased to hear that already you're finding the benefits of your quit and there'll be lots more to come for you

    I think the one that suprised me the most was that my hair is now shiny and much easier to manage

    Love

    Marg xxxxxxxxxx

  • I was constantly taking allergy meds when I was smoking. The last 3 months I haven't needed any(and spring is here and almost gone!)! I think I was allergic to smoke, lol!(Really not funny come to think of it!)

  • I no longer have that ridiculously constant cough while talking on the phone..... you know that small cough to clear your throat even though nothing is there to clear!!

  • i have only done a week,and already i have a nice pink looking tongue,not a creamy furry thing,after 45yrs of smoking,i thought my tongue was really that colour,!!yuk!!.

    doey

  • Day 4 nearly over!

    Hello,

    It is only day 4 and may skin has already improved. I suffer from mild acne and it feels sooo much better already.

    Smoked 15-25 a day for 14 years

    Quit with Patches

  • AAwwww no your joking! Well I least my hair smells nice! lol

    Thanks Jim

  • Bibleblack, Spots conversations I could cope with but the ones about (what you mentioned) Oooooooooooooooh.!!!!!!! G.xx

  • Better looking skin. I am getting comments from friends about how clear it looks!! I never really noticed myself.

    I used to get a funny squeezing sensation in my chest which lasted a few seconds, this disappeared as soon as I gave up.

    Going to bed and not finding myself breathing heavily whilst brushing my teeth.

    More time in the morning and lunch time. Before I would spend ages rolling and smoking.

    Clothes and hair smell so much better.

    I could go on and on and on!!!!

  • I know my hair and cloths smell much better, but can't say I've noticed any other benefit just yet, however.....wait for it......I have noticed when reading back some of my posts on here that I miss the last letter off some words....soooo me lovlies a negative side to stopping smoking is that I have lost the ability to type last letters............;)

  • I know my hair and cloths smell much better, but can't say I've noticed any other benefit just yet, however.....wait for it......I have noticed when reading back some of my posts on here that I miss the last letter off some words....soooo me lovlies a negative side to stopping smoking is that I have lost the ability to type last letters............;)

    LOL Kate that is the chapix not th stoppin smokin, Ive had the same prob keep having to edit my posts.

    My benifits are better skin, hair and nails. and can relate to being able to yawn properly (I do know what you mean sally), love being able to smell the countryside when i take the dog for a walk brought back childhood memories :)

    Downside is weight gain half a stone so far hope it doesnt get anymore or will have to buy next size up in clothes :eek:

  • Proper, dependable, predictable stools.

    I thought my entire adult life there was something wrong with me!!

    Must be about time for Jerry-Lee to make a contribution ... ;)

    Hehe - I missed this yesterday, why?.... because I was busy poo-picking the field:D You can't beat a sunny day of sh1t shovelling!

    Actually I will just add that the surprise benefit for me has been the ability to breathe deeply first thing in the morning.

  • I second Jim's contribution to the thread - regularity and predictability makes me feel so much better!

    I had bad sinuses for years - sometimes for 12 months or more I would have to use decongestant everyday. Since month 3, hardly use it at all. Wonderful!

    Much more energy, I have started taking excercise again because of that and the result of more excercise? More energy. I am so lively these days, I never sit still. Man, I feel so good!

    Oh, and increased circulation too :D

    The male quitters will understand and their partners will be smiling ;)

  • Same as every one else :-) except hair lol .... I dont have a lot of it ...... hee hee

    My biggest benefit is ... My wife has bought me this !!!

    livingroom.org.au/photolog/...

    Probably dosnt mean a lot to most but it is a belter of a lense !!!!!

    Here's a photo I took

    i116.photobucket.com/albums...

  • Nope had camera a couple of years... got a new lense tho :-)

    Loving it ..... :)

  • lol how did u guess .. heee heee

    Had a great couple of weeks... been fantastic weather sun shine clear skies fantastic scenery

    I feel sooo good :)

  • The thing that I notice is that I have more time, I dont have to keep stopping for fag breaks. so I get things done quicker and just generally have more time in the day.

  • The benefits I have found after just a week are that I can certainly breath easier, my sense of smell and taste seems to have been heightened or returning to what they should be. I feel more confident with my self and find I am able to talk to people rather than trying to mumble under my breath to disguise the smell of smoke.

    I do seem to have a lot more energy and a hugh bonus, which I never expected because I was so used to it, is the stains on my fingers are fading; in fact they have almost gone.

    All in all, after just one week I feel I am starting to get the benefits.

    As for the down side, to be honest I cannot list any.

    Regards Stateofgrace.

  • surprise benefits? Seeing that smokers are costing the NHS 5 billion a year and not having to feel guilty and wonder when in the future they'll be a crack down and smokers will sink to the bottom of the 'heal' list.

  • Picky fingers

    Ive been thinking about this and I have also noticed that the skin around my fingers is nice and supple and I dont get those step mother jag thingies anymore. I always used to pick them and my hands were always really sore but now are lovely :D

  • Ive been thinking about this and I have also noticed that the skin around my fingers is nice and supple and I dont get those step mother jag thingies anymore. I always used to pick them and my hands were always really sore but now are lovely :D

    That's a good point, I used to nervously pick and chew on my fingernails.

    I don't do that any more.

    Result, nice hands and nails.

    More evidence that smoking does the exact opposite of what we used to think.

    It doesn't calm you, it makes you more nervous and stressed.

  • yep ive got much nicer fingers since quitting. my nails used to be disgusting from biting them all the time!

  • I broke my foot 3 years ago and it never healed properly and the doc at the hospital said you have to stop smoking, it's doesn't allow broken bones to heal. Since quitting my foot has never bothered me since.

  • ohh I love this thread!

    Apart from the better breathing and sense of smell (which can be a bad thing depending on what you're smelling, not good if it's still smoking hubby from 10 feet away after he's had a smoke urgh) one thing that really stood out for me was the smell of my hands. Or lack of it. No longer do my hands and fingers smell of tobacco. I like smelling my hands now, I put on scented handcream so i can take a good deep breath of it now and then.

    Oh, and I kee missin of th las lette to! :)

  • Benefits for me so far - 5 days in - are I can breathe easier and my sense of smell is heightened.. I walked past a neighbours garden yesterday on the school run and they had some distinctive purple bush (been there for years) which had a really acrid, cat's pee smell that I;ve never noticed before LOL

  • Seeing clearly

    I know this is going to sound odd but, i am noticing things that i never did before, visually, and when i thought about it i reckon that because i am not always looking where i am going to put my ash or cig, i can look around much more, plus when i am looking around there is no chance that i will get the smokers eye (when u can't see for a few mins because the smoke has gone in your eye and blinded you). So i don't know if this is for real but at the moment it does feel as if i am seeing things for the first time, in a long time, much clearer.

    How odd?

    Bev

  • I went to the dentist today to have my last wisdom tooth removed and usually I'm cringing already when the nurse uses the cold sucking thing. My gums aren't as sensitive as they used to be so the sucking thing didn't hurt so much and neither did the cleaning jet :D

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