15. Your Breath
Don’t underestimate the pleasure of exchanging cigarettes for clean, fresh breath. Gum disease caused by smoking can contribute to foul-smelling breath. By kicking the smoking habit, you can banish halitosis. In addition, you will also decrease your chances of contracting oral cancer.
14. Your Teeth
Stained, yellowing teeth are one result of exposure to cigarette smoke. When you give up smoking, you relieve your teeth from the ravaging effects of smoke and nicotine. In addition to yellowing your teeth, smoking also causes gingivitis, in which the gums surrounding your teeth become red and inflamed. Untreated gingivitis can develop into periodontitis. In these cases, gum tissue can separate from the teeth, leaving them open to infection and bone loss. When you stop smoking, you can recover from the effects of gingivitis on your gums and teeth.
13. Your Skin
The nicotine in cigarettes constricts your blood vessels. The constriction of blood vessels in your skin means that your skin isn’t getting the proper amounts of oxygen and nutrients it needs. This prevents your skin from staying firm and supple. Additionally, nicotine and other toxins present in cigarette smoke damage the collagen and elastin your skin needs. This results in skin that sags, wrinkles, and ages prematurely. When you quit smoking, you allow your skin to get the proper blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients it needs to stay firm and youthful.