Why Should You Quit Smoking?

According to ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) there are roughly 10 million adult smokers in the UK alone, effectively equating to around a sixth of the UK’s population. Sure, everyone realises that cigarettes are bad for you and cause a multitude of nasty and serious health problems, but did you know that roughly half of all smokers will die as a direct result of smoking?!

That’s right people, those expensive little sticks of nicotine and tobacco account for roughly one quarter of all cancer deaths, one third of respiratory deaths and a further one seventh of deaths relating to cardiovascular disease.

If you are a smoker and still not remotely interesting in giving up the dangerous and expensive habit, here are just a few reasons for you to consider giving up the cigarettes as a belated new year’s resolution…

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Your health

Do you really want your children, grandchildren and close friends sat at your funeral one day hating the fact they couldn’t do anything to stop you smoking and feeling guilty as well as heartbroken for their loss?

No, we didn’t think so.

Yes, you could get hit by a bus and die instantly as you leave your house tomorrow morning and it wouldn’t matter if you were a smoker or not. However, at the end of the day you can keep your eyes open for buses and protect yourself, just as you can stop smoking and protect yourself before the habit kills you.

Your stench

You don’t notice it, but others around you certainly will, you stink.

It’s harsh, but it’s true. Smokers reek of cigarette smoke; your hair, your clothes, your car, your home – it all smells of cigarette smoke. Do you have kids? Chances are they set off to school every day smelling of cigarettes too. You may not smoke in the house, or even anywhere near them, but it will rub off from your clothes on to theirs.

If you’re going to quit smoking, we highly recommend a deep clean of your house – the walls, the carpets, the bedding and so on. As a quitter, the last thing you want to smell is the smoke as your nose adjusts.

If you are trying to sell your house you might want to consider giving up smoking too. It is a proven fact that houses that have been smoked in and around do not sell for as much as homes that have remained totally fume-free.

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The savings

This is a big reason behind the majority of people deciding to quit smoking!

If a packet of branded cigarettes is currently being sold in shops for £8.50 and you smoke 20 a day, every day, each year you’re going to be spending as much as £3,102.50 on cigarettes. You should bear in mind that this figure is not taking into account the big nights out where you smoke more than usual, or the time you lent Becky in Accounting a pack of ciggies because she had none but she never gave you them back, and so on. Imagine what you could do with that money; take a nice holiday, buy a new car, put it towards your deposit to buy a house… the smoke-free possibilities are endless.

Your teeth

Unless you choose to have your teeth regularly whitened, you will have a noticed discolouration to your teeth, a very unattractive feature. No matter whether you brush twice a day, floss or you use strong mouthwash, your teeth are still going to strain. Pay to get your teeth whitened and use this as an excuse not to smoke, in order to keep your pearly whites pearly… and white!

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Look younger

Yep, you read that right. Smoking ages you – your skin, your hair… everything about you. Over time your blood vessels narrow and damage the skin tissue which is what usually keeps your skin strong and elastic. Hello wrinkles.

Boost your senses

Smoking is linked to a reduced sense of smell and taste. By eliminating smoking from your lifestyle it won’t be long until these senses heighten and return to their normal levels. Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your favourite meal, only for it to smell and taste far better than it has done for years…

There are hundreds of reasons why you should quit smoking, many of which will be personal to yourself, but whatever your reasons it’s never too late. And don’t forget that if you do choose to quit and you have a slip up, just get straight back on the horse. You can try to quit once or even a hundred times, as long as you don’t give up you’re likely to succeed eventually.

Found in Health Awareness