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Why Your Brain Likes Your Resolution To Stop Smoking

stop smokingIf you have been smoking for some time, you would already have a fairly good idea how much you spend each day on those “little cancer sticks.” If you quit smoking, you would also know how much money you would be saving each day. If you indeed quit, cigarette money is not the only thing you can save. Here’s another form of savings you can greatly benefit from if you quit now.

Insurance premiums for smokers are significantly higher than those who don’t smoke. Of course, premiums may vary depending on the insurance company, but then again, smokers are always made to pay higher rates whether they are enrolled in group plans or private-pay plans.

Major corporations that have a group insurance pool provide sanctions for smoker employees enrolled in their group insurance. One of the sanctions they might provide may require the smoker member to pay more for his share of the cost of coverage. The smoker member may also be required to sign up for a program for helping people quit smoking. All these may be required to ensure continuous membership in the insurance pool. And, if the smoker member fails to quit despite the reasonable time given, he may be dropped from group coverage.

Saving money is not the only thing that can make you sleep well at night. Researchers actually reported that non-smokers sleep better at night than those who smoke. Smoking affects your nervous system, making you feel restless, anxious, and stressed. Some researchers have also concluded that smoking or prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke may have a connection with major depression.

Smoking tobacco can also affect cognition leading to long-term memory loss – this is according to research performed by Steven Reinberg which is published in U.S. Health News. According to him, middle-aged smokers who were made to perform memory tasks had difficulty accomplishing the tasks due to impaired memory. This impaired memory and cognition is also linked to dementia in the later years. However, it was also found that quitting smoking early can help get you back to normal brain function.

Recently, studies conducted at the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburg concluded that lower IQs have a direct link to smoking. Eleven-year-olds were tested and then tested again after they reached age 64. The tests conducted were in areas of non-verbal communication, processing of information, memory, and decision-making. Long-term smokers performed the worst, showing a convincing link between smoking and diminishing intelligence.

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