Quitting social smoking.
July 29, 2010 8:17 AM Subscribe
If you were an occasional smoker and you quit, did you see any noticeable health benefits?
posted by howrobotsaremade to health & fitness (30 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
For the last 15 years, I've been an on-and-off smoker. I smoke mostly socially, like when I'm out drinking. Sometimes when I'm very stressed out I will smoke regularly, like several cigarettes on a daily basis, for a few weeks or maybe a month. I've also gone through many months, and once or twice for more than a year where I didn't smoke at all. I'm not really that strongly physically addicted to cigarettes (I don't get withdrawal or think about cigarettes a lot if I don't smoke), but I always go back because I really, really enjoy the habit.
I recently decided that it's kind of stupid to maintain even a casual smoking habit since it's a waste of money. And now that I'm getting older I'm afraid I'm going to get those wrinkles all around my lips. So, even though I like it a lot, I'm planning on just not ever doing it anymore. Which feels pretty anticlimactic since I haven't smoked a cigarette in about a month anyway and I don't really have to do much of anything except just keep on not smoking.
I work out hard almost every day and normally run anywhere from 3-8 miles every other day. But I seem to be on a fitness plateau of sorts, where I can't really get past a certain mileage and pace. This is another reason I want to stop smoking completely, I think it's holding me back a little.
When regular/heavy smokers quit, there are a whole range of physical benefits that come with it. I don't expect anything quite that dramatic, but will I still see any subtle health benefits if I quit for good? I'm most interested in whether or not this is going to help me gain some cardio endurance.
(If it matters, I've never smoked more than 5 cigarettes in a day.)