There’s no doubt about it – quitting smoking is one of the hardest undertakings you will ever do. But when you evaluate the effect that smoking has on your health, the decision to quit is much easier to make. On average, people who smoke will lose 24 years of life and 1 out of 3 will die from a smoking-related illness – an illnes that could have been prevented.
Smoking has become part of your life, it’s like eating breakfast, drinking water, and sleeping. If you don’t have a solid understanding of why quitting is a good idea for you, your chance of success is going to be low.
Why Stopping Smoking is a Good Idea
You might already have a laundry list of why quitting smoking is the right thing to do, but don’t stop there. The more information you have about the harmful effects of smoking, the better. Every year more people are killed by a smoking-related illness than people killed by murder, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, car accidents, suicide, fire and AIDS combined. In the United States, over 400,000 people die from a smoking-related illness each year. Many of these illnesses are preventable.
On an annual basis smokers can spend around $2,000 on cigarettes alone. This number doesn’t take into account lost productivity at work or the cost of treating smoking-related illnesses. For more information check out the health effects of smoking on the body, society and non-smokers.
There is no silver bullet or magical stop smoking method and it is going to be uncomfortable and difficult. There isn’t any one method that works best for everyone – often it comes down to trial and error but the key to victory is persistence. You may try and fail one hundred times but it’s the one hundreth and one attempt that could lead to victory and a life free from dependance on cigarettes.
What is your motivation to stop smoking?
To really give power to your reasons for quitting smoking, write them down. It is this list that is going to motivate you when times get tough. The stronger and more personal your list is, the more power it will have when you are tempted to smoke. Here are a few things you may want to add to your list or use these suggestions to get your list started.
Reasons to Stop Smoking
- Your body will begin to heal itself shortly after quitting smoking.
- You will have more energy.
- You will be more physically fit especially if you adopt a healthy lifestyle.
- You will be able to mentally focus better.
- You will have more time for other interests.
- You will be able to breathe easier and cough less.
- You will have healthier gums and whiter teeth.
- You won’t stink like an ashtray.
- You will lower your risk of cancer, heart attack, stroke, cataracts, emphysema, COPD, bronchitis and many other smoking-related illnesses.
- You will be more fertile, lower the risk of premature births, and lower the risk of low birth weight babies.
- You will stop exposing your friends and family to secondhand smoke.
- You will have more money to spend on other things.
- You will have more time with your children.
- You will have more sex appeal.
- You will be freeing yourself from an addiction.
Remember, if other people have stopped smoking, so can you! It is estimated that 20 percent of Americans smoke and 70 percent (of that 20 percent) actually want to quit. One out of three smokers will die from a smoking-related illness and the sooner you quit, the better your odds of reducing your risks.
Stay motivated to stop smoking by making a list of compelling reasons to quit, read it often, and lean on your list to get you through the tough times. Your reasons to stop smoking are your truth, not the voices in your head when your addiction is screaming for a fix. Whether or not you stop on your first try, keep on trying until you succeed- NEVER give up.