Why Should I Quit Smoking

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There’s an old phrase we used to quote to each other at school, generally just before exam time had come around again and we weren’t exactly well prepared – if you worry you die, if you don’t worry you still die – so why worry? Well, the same can be said for smoking, sort of, except you’re a lot more likely to die sooner in pain after having lived a life of eternal poverty in a smoke filled haze than if you stop smoking now. Okay, I know it’s difficult to stop smoking, in fact, it’s a well known fact that the easiest way to quit smoking is not to start in the first place, but unfortunately the people who do want to quit smoking are already well beyond that first stage, they just didn’t listen!

Hey, I’m No Quitter And I Ain’t Gonna’ Start Now

Yes, alright, you might have been brought up to believe that quitting is a sign of weakness, but honestly, even if you were brought up in a staunch military household believe this, some quitting is good, and quitting smoking is a definite sign of strength, not weakness.

Smoking causes more preventable premature deaths in the United States than anything else and can lead to a whole host of diseases and medical problems. We’ve all seen them, people coughing, spluttering and heaving, leaning against a wall with a cigarette in one hand and an inhaler in the other. It’s time to take control of your life and get a grip, for heaven’s sake.

Some Very Good Reasons Why You Should Quit Smoking

Quit Smoking for Your Health

Smoking causes harm to just about every organ in the body in one way or another. Around half of all smokers who don’t quit smoking but just keep on puffing will die of a smoking related illness – FACT.  In the United States, around 20% of all deaths are caused by smoking, and more than 8 million people are presently suffering from diseases which are smoking related. What was that – “it won’t happen to me” – yeah, right, just keep on telling yourself that Bozo as you light up another cigarette.

Smoking related diseases – I know, I know, blah blah, you’ve heard it all before, so checking out the list one more time won’t hurt will it?

  • Smoking causes cancer – and I don’t just mean lung cancer, but also cancer of the mouth, sinuses, throat, voice box, bladder, kidney, cervix, ovary, pancreas, rectum, colon etc. etc.
  • Smoking causes lung diseases – the chances of developing chronic bronchitis and emphysema are greatly enhanced if you smoke, they all make it more difficult to breathe often getting worse and worse over time, sometimes fatally. Pneumonia is also one of the diseases which is made worse if you smoke. Not looking good is it, maybe becoming a quitter is a good idea after all.
  • Smoking causes heart disease – you’re also more likely to die from a heart attack if you smoke.
  • Smoking causes “bedroom difficulties” – ever wondered why your bedroom antics are getting to be more difficult, okay, you may find yourself gasping for breath after only a couple of minutes, but men who smoke are also more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, impotence to you and me, – no I said impotence, not importance, although impotence can become pretty important if it continues for any length of time.
  • Women who smoke – okay, we’ve already laid out a few home truths to the men of the house, but women who smoke whilst pregnant are putting their unborn children at risk, are more likely to suffer a miscarriage or have a baby with below average birth weight, which in turn are more likely to have physical or learning difficulties.  Don’t think that you’ll be okay if you just keep on taking the birth control pill either, because that ain’t without potential problems for women who smoke, ‘cos women who are over the age of 35, smoke and take the birth control pill are at a higher risk of suffering strokes, heart attacks and blood clots. So you see, SMOKING IS BAD on so many levels, stop now whilst you have the chance.

Not only does smoking rob so many American citizens of years of their life, it can also make a huge difference to their quality of life for years beforehand. Smoking and related diseases can make it really difficult to go about your daily tasks, if you get short of breath just standing up from a chair then you ain’t gonna’ have a lot of fun at work, rest or play are you.

Quit Smoking For Your Pocket

Smoking doesn’t come cheap, and the problem is that once you’re hooked it’ll take over your life and your bank balance. When you’re down to your last $5 and you have sufficient for a pack of cigarettes or something to eat, guess which one the smokers go for. Sad isn’t it, but it really does get you that bad. Even if you’re one of the fortunate few who don’t have to watch the pennies these days, just think of what you could do with all of that lovely extra dosh.

Advantages of Quitting Smoking

Okay, enough about the disadvantages of smoking, now let’s turn this baby around and look at the very real advantages of stopping smoking NOW.

    • It don’t matter how long you’ve been smoking, it’s never too late to stop, and once you’ve stopped smoking you’ll be healthier and live longer.
    • Ex-smokers (or “quitters” if you like) live longer than those people who just keep on puffing
    • If you quit smoking you can really reduce your risk of suffering from lung cancer, stroke, heart attack, chronic lung disease
    • Okay, many people gain a little weight when they stop smoking, but gaining a few pounds is far less dangerous than keeping on lighting up those cigarettes
    • Think of the people who live close to you. Passive smoking is a very real problem so just think about how your smoke is contaminating the air your loved ones breathe.  Do you want to increase the chances of your children developing heart disease by around 25 – 30%, just because they breathe in your second hand smoke? There, I’ve gone straight for the conscience with that one, did it work, do you feel bad,  have you stopped yet?

Don’t even get me started on the yellow fingers and wrinkles . . . you see, there are lots of very good reasons why you should quit smoking and not one single reason why you shouldn’t. Go on, are you tough enough to stop, it’s hard but it’s sure worth it.