4 Good Reasons to Give Up Smoking Now

Yes, yes, you’ve heard it before. But if you haven’t given up smoking yet,
midlife really is the perfect time to stub out the habit. It really is never too late to stop and reap the benefits.

1

Not smoking halves your risk of hot flashes as they transition through menopause, and this is especially true for women who carry certain genes, according to the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

2

Smoking makes for thinner, weaker bones. According to the US National Institutes of Health, the longer and more you smoke, the greater your risk of fracture in old age. Plus smokers take longer to heal, and that includes their bones.

3

Estrogen can protect your heart, but after menopause that protection begins to decrease and combined with smoking, this pushes the risk of heart disease right up. A study from Harvard Medical School, found that women who smoked as few as one to four cigarettes a day had double the risk of suffering a heart attack.

4

Collagen is an important part of what keeps skin bouncy, plump and wrinkle-free. Smoking breaks down collagen, and lack of estrogen after menopause can also lead to collagen loss. Smoking only speeds up this process–Oh did I mentioned that while smoking, you’re constantly pursing your lips and furrowing your brow?