I quit smoking last year and it’s been a full 14 months of being smoke free. As someone who had an addiction, not just a bad habit, I know it can be hard to even think about quitting. But I swear, if you are thinking about quitting smoking, it will be for your benefit.
The 5 Reasons To Quit Smoking And The 3 reasons Stopping You
Across the country, there are smokers who are being urged to quit their habit particularly when National Smoking Day comes around. Smoking is one of the biggest causes of illness and death in the UK as over 120,000 people die each year from diseases related to smoking. Each year there are also thousands of people who use National No Smoking day as their starting point to finally kick the habit.
No Smoking Day has been going since Ash Wednesday of 1983 when it was originally called Quit for the Day. The campaign has been re-designed each year to help kick-start the action of quitting smoking, or even switching to electronic cigarettes and getting nicotine from e-liquid.
The 5 Reasons Why You Want To Quit Smoking-
Quit Smoking #1- Health Benefits
Many smokers who quit can start to feel the benefits of quitting after one day. After one day, your body will start to repair some of the damage that has been caused by smoking. Within a few days, most smokers will start to experience a drop in heart rate, a return to normal levels of oxygen and carbon monoxide in the blood and an improvement in taste and smelling. There is also a reduction in the risk of heart attacks after a few weeks along with an improvement in lung function. This will result in fewer times of shortness of breath, less coughing and fewer asthma attacks. After a few months, smokers will see an improvement in the symptoms of chronic bronchitis and a decrease in the risk of ulcers. Within a year, the risks of coronary heart disease will be reduced by half and the lung functions will increase drastically.
Quit Smoking #2- Prevent Harm To Others
When you stop smoking you are also going to be reducing the harm done to others through passive smoking or your second-hand smoke. This is particularly important for people who have babies and children as they are at risk of sudden and unexpected death in infancy when around smokers. They could also suffer from chest or respiratory illness or infections, a reduction in lung function, asthma attacks and middle ear disease. When you stop smoking it also reduces the chances that your children will start smoking. It has been found that children who live with smokers are more likely to start smoking when they grow up.
Quit Smoking #3- Saving Some Money
When you stop smoking you can literally make yourself richer. When you stop you could save thousands each year which would have normally been spent on cigarettes. The price of cigarettes also rise each year and this means that smokers are going to be paying out more and more for the habit unless they quit. An example of this is someone who smokes 5 cigarettes a day. In a year you could save just under £1000. If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day then you could be saving £3200 per year when you quit.
Quit Smoking #4- Smelling Better
It is often possible to smell a smoker coming because tobacco leaves a distinct and lingering smell which does not come off furniture and clothing. A lot of people spend a lot of money on aftershave, perfume and other products to make them smell appealing and smoking is wasting all of these efforts. This is due to the fact that you are wrapping yourself in a cloud of cigarette smoke.
Quit Smoking #5- You Will Look Better
The chemicals in cigarettes are known to restrict the blood flow in the skin. This means that smokers are more likely to get wrinkles and have a weathered face when compared to a non-smoker of a similar age. Cigarette smoke will also stain the skin, particularly around the face and hands. This will cause a yellow-green smudge where cigarettes are generally held.
The Reasons That Might Stop You Quitting-
Quit Smoking #1- Smoking Looks Cool, But Not Really
Everyone knows that smoking makes you look cool because Danny Zuko did it in Grease and he was one of the epitomes of cool. Supermodels have also helped this idea because they hold a place in society that makes people want to look like them in order to be trendy and hip. Models have long been known to use tobacco as a means of keeping their appetites at bay and this has led to a cigarette being an accessory that fashionable people have. This does not actually matter because today smokers are generally seen as cold and dejected. The reason for this is the fact that they have to stand outside in the elements in order to get their tobacco fix. There is also nothing more unpleasant than the sound of a smoker’s cough.
Quit Smoking #2- All Your Friends Are Doing It
Peer pressure is something that many people find hard to fight off so it is often easier to go with the flow. If all of your friends are out smoking then you may as well join them and have one too. Anyway, second-hand smoke is just as bad as having one so you might as well take up the habit. In today’s world, smokers have been relegated to the outside of bars and restaurants so it can feel a bit lonely being the only person indoors when all of your friends are outside having a smoke. The most obvious solution to this problem would be to join your friends. However, you need to consider that smokers tend to live shorter lives, so is smoking worth it?
Quit Smoking #3- You Don’t Like Your Family
One of the most common reasons doctors use for why someone should stop smoking is to think about what they are doing to their family. When you smoke you are actually harming your family as well through second-hand smoke. The effects of second-hand smoke can be devastating, but that is fine if you do not like your family. As a smoker, you will not have to worry about your family getting on your nerves for years to come because you will be decreasing your lifespan. You will also not have to worry about any upcoming events or birthdays because they will not be affecting you. However, if you stop smoking you could take part in all of these cherished moments for years to come. If you think I am being cruel with this reason, I am. My children used this and pulled my emotional strings to get me to quit smoking. But, it was worth it.