Are you a smoker? If so, you are in good company. Despite the health warnings, so many people have yet to kick the habit, and there are still plenty of young people who take up cigarettes every year.
I’m not sure why – there is an element of rebelliousness involved, of course. And, young people tend to experiment a lot, in many ways. The problem is, what happens when then flirtation with something ‘naughty’ gets a grip on you and it becomes a fully fledged habit?
Well, the longer you carry on, the more likely it is that you won’t quit. And, if you feel like it’s something you can’t do now, how much harder will it be five or ten years down the line? And what sort of damage will you do to your body between now and then?
With this in mind, here are four good reasons to stop smoking cigarettes. Have a read and see if they can inspire you to make one of the healthiest changes to your lifestyle that you could ever go through.
I don’t need to go through all of the health issues that smoking causes – you already know them yourself. You know you are at greater risk of a stroke, and you realise that you could develop cancer in the mouth, lung, or anywhere else. The point is never to forget those risks. If you have them in your mind every time you spark up a fag, you are going to find it easier to change the way you think.
When you smoke, you will never be as fit as you can be. The chemicals and tar deposits will impact your lung capacity, meaning you won’t be able to push yourself as far. Your arteries will clog up and start affecting your blood flow, meaning you will get tired quicker. And, smoking can also stop your muscles from growing, meaning you will be weaker than you could be. So, if you want to get into shape, quitting the smokes will help you achieve your goals.
Who doesn’t want more money to spend on nice things? Smoking is an incredibly expensive habit these days, and can cost more than it does to feed you for a day. Let’s say that you smoke a ‘premium’ brand and get through 20 a day. That’s more than £9 a day, £63 a week, and almost £250 a month. What could you do with that sort of money if you quit?
Quitting smoking has never been easier. There is support available from your doctor, and you can pick up nicotine gum from your pharmacy to help you take the edge off your withdrawal. And, of course, there are e-cigarettes. You’ll need a battery and what are known as cartomizer refills. These screw into your battery and contain the e-juice of your choice, which you puff away on just like you are smoking a real ciggy. While nobody knows the long-term impact ecigs can have on your health, there’s no doubt they are safer than smoking tobacco.
So, there you have it – four convincing reasons, right? Let me know your thoughts or if you have any other ideas. And make the next cigarette you smoke an imaginary one!