No one would say that it is easy to stop smoking. Butsince millions of people have successfully quitsmoking, it simply means that kicking the tobaccohabit is not impossible. Quitting smoking does notonly make one feel better, it also entails makingdrastic yet positive changes in one’s life. Puttingan end to one’s nicotine addiction will enable aperson to have better health, gain savings by nolonger spending on cigarettes, enhance socialacceptance, and set a good example for the youngergeneration to follow.
Taking care of one’s health is the most obvious andequally the most important reason why a person shouldstop smoking. Almost everyone knows that smoking cancause lung cancer, but only a few know that smokingalso increases the risk for other types of cancer,lung diseases, heart attacks, stroke, and peripheralvascular disease. The said habit also causespremature wrinkling of the skin, bad breath, yellowfingernails, pregnancy problems (miscarriage or lowbirth weight), and higher risks of heart attacks,stroke, and clot formation for women who uses oralcontraceptives. It really does not matter how longone smoked, but as long as one stops smoking, thiswill definitely bring benefits to one’s health. Infact, those who stopped smoking before 35 avoid 90percent of the health risks associated with nicotineand tobacco.
The next thing to consider would be the actualfinancial cost of smoking. Smoking is expensive, andthe economic cost of smoking is estimated to be about$4,000 a year for an average smoker. Figure out howmuch a person spends on smoking by multiplying howmuch money is spent for tobacco each day by 365. Nowmultiply this by the number of years that a smokerused tobacco. This equals to how much one spends onsmoking. Another way would be multiplying the amountspent per year by 10. This will be the cost if onekeeps smoking for another ten years. Think of otherways to spend that kind of money. This computationdoes not even include higher costs of health and lifeinsurance, and the medical costs due totobacco-related conditions.
Smoking is less socially acceptable now that it wasin the past. In fact, employers nowadays prefer tohire nonsmokers. Some workplaces even restrictsmoking. The reason for this is probably because paststudies reveal that smoking employees cost businessesmore because they are “out sick” more frequently.
Smoking in a building also increases the maintenancecosts of keeping cleanliness and odors at anacceptable level. Landlords, too, may choose not torent to smokers since maintenance costs and insurancerates may rise when smokers occupy buildings. Friendsmay ask you not to smoke in their houses or cars.
Public buildings, concerts, and even sporting eventsare largely smoke-free. And more and more communitiesare restricting smoking in all public places,including restaurants and bars. In fact, finding aplace to smoke nowadays can be quite a hassle. It canbe frustrating but that’s only because smoking is aninconvenient habit. It is really much easier to stopsmoking than try to change or adapt thecircumstances, things, and people around you toaccept smoking.