Quitting smoking can be a daunting task. Anyone who's ever tried can attest to that. There are painful physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms resulting from the now-absent -- and once comforting -- vice. Giving up cigarettes is so difficult that about 90 percent of smokers who decide to quit eventually fail [source: University of South Florida]. But for every negative, temporary discomfort that a quitter goes through, there are permanent rewards for giving up the habit that can make the struggle worth it. Keeping those benefits in mind throughout the difficult process can make someone attempting to quit more likely to succeed -- and eventually one of the estimated 40 million ex-smoking Americans [source: National Cancer Institute].
Keep reading to find out what specific rewards smokers can expect when they give up cigarettes for good.