Life Styles

Stop Smoking, Regain Your Health

No one would say that it is easy to stop smoking. But

since millions of people have successfully quit

smoking, it simply means that kicking the tobacco

habit is not impossible. Quitting smoking does not

only make one feel better, it also entails making

drastic yet positive changes in one’s life. Putting

an end to one’s nicotine addiction will enable a

person to have better health, gain savings by no

longer spending on cigarettes, enhance social

acceptance, and set a good example for the younger

generation to follow.

Taking care of one’s health is the most obvious and

equally the most important reason why a person should

stop smoking. Almost everyone knows that smoking can

cause lung cancer, but only a few know that smoking

also increases the risk for other types of cancer,

lung diseases, heart attacks, stroke, and peripheral

vascular disease. The said habit also causes

premature wrinkling of the skin, bad breath, yellow

fingernails, pregnancy problems (miscarriage or low

birth weight), and higher risks of heart attacks,

stroke, and clot formation for women who uses oral

contraceptives. It really does not matter how long

one smoked, but as long as one stops smoking, this

will definitely bring benefits to one’s health. In

fact, those who stopped smoking before 35 avoid 90

percent of the health risks associated with nicotine

and tobacco.

The next thing to consider would be the actual

financial cost of smoking. Smoking is expensive, and

the economic cost of smoking is estimated to be about

$4,000 a year for an average smoker. Figure out how

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much a person spends on smoking by multiplying how

much money is spent for tobacco each day by 365. Now

multiply this by the number of years that a smoker

used tobacco. This equals to how much one spends on

smoking. Another way would be multiplying the amount

spent per year by 10. This will be the cost if one

keeps smoking for another ten years. Think of other

ways to spend that kind of money. This computation

does not even include higher costs of health and life

insurance, and the medical costs due to

tobacco-related conditions.

Smoking is less socially acceptable now that it was

in the past. In fact, employers nowadays prefer to

hire nonsmokers. Some workplaces even restrict

smoking. The reason for this is probably because past

studies reveal that smoking employees cost businesses

more because they are “out sick” more frequently.

Smoking in a building also increases the maintenance

costs of keeping cleanliness and odors at an

acceptable level. Landlords, too, may choose not to

rent to smokers since maintenance costs and insurance

rates may rise when smokers occupy buildings. Friends

may ask you not to smoke in their houses or cars.

Public buildings, concerts, and even sporting events

are largely smoke-free. And more and more communities

are restricting smoking in all public places,

including restaurants and bars. In fact, finding a

place to smoke nowadays can be quite a hassle. It can

be frustrating but that’s only because smoking is an

inconvenient habit. It is really much easier to stop

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smoking than try to change or adapt the

circumstances, things, and people around you to

accept smoking.