Why Quitting is so Difficult
Benefits of Quitting Smokeless Tobacco
The greatest benefit of quitting smokeless tobacco is that you will greatly reduce your chances of suffering from the many serious health risks associated with its use. You will decrease your risk of oral cancer, which can lead to disfigurement and death. Your mouth and gums will be healthier. Sores caused by dipping or chewing will disappear soon after quitting. Your teeth will be whiter and less likely to decay. Your breath will smell better. And you will break your addiction to nicotine.
All of these are excellent reasons to quit immediately—or never start in the first place. But if you want even more benefits to cutting out this deadly habit right away, consider these:
- Dip, chew and snuff are expensive. Averaging three dollars a can, a can-a-day dipping habit will cost you more than $1,000 each year. At two dollars a pouch, chewing tobacco can cost you more than $700 a year if you chew a pack-a-day. Think of all the better things you could be spending your money on.
- Chewing and dipping have social consequences. You may not notice or mind the smell of spit tobacco in your mouth, but others will. And spitting and drooling tobacco juice is not something many people will find desirable.
- Chew and dip will stain your clothes, your furniture, your car and your teeth. Brushing your teeth won’t make the stains go away or help undo the damage you’re doing to your mouth and gums.
- Everyone can look forward to personal benefits from quitting tobacco. Thinking about what motivates you will help strengthen your determination to quit. What are your personal motivators?
Now that you you’ve read about the health risks of using smokeless tobacco, and the many benefits of quitting, it’s time to kick the habit for good. Have no doubt — you can do it! But it might not be easy. Read about the challenges of quitting smokeless tobacco.
When you quit smoking, your risk of stroke decreases steadily. Former smokers have the same stroke risk as nonsmokers after 5 to 15 years.