People quit for many reasons. Those who have successfully quit say that knowing your reasons is an important step, and can help you get through the tough times.
Consider what your reasons are for wanting to quit smoking.
Tobacco smoke is made up of thousands of chemicals, many of them harmful to your health. Quitting at any age will result in major and immediate health benefits.
Smokers are more likely to catch the flu and other illnesses, and tend to have more severe symptoms. It will only take a few months for your immune system to improve and become better at fighting infection.
Smokers are at a higher risk of developing many cancers, heart and lung diseases, poor circulation and diabetes. But as soon as you stop smoking, your body starts to repair itself.
Smoking makes it harder to get enough oxygen to your muscles during exercise so you tire more quickly or can’t get your breath. When you quit, your body works more effectively and in time, physical activity will become easier.
Quitting smoking when you’re pregnant will help you feel good and give your baby a better start in life. It’s best to quit smoking before conception, but quitting at any time during your pregnancy improves the chances of having a healthy baby.
Smoking is expensive. Have you thought about the money you’ll save from quitting smoking? What would you spend the extra money on?
For example, if you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day at $25 per pack, you would spend more than $9,100 per year. Imagine having an extra $9,100 in your pocket – you may find this a good incentive for quitting. Make a wish list and treat yourself when you hit your first milestone.
To find out exactly how much money you will save by quitting smoking view our Cost Calculator.
Imagine having white teeth, healthy nails and unstained fingers. You won’t constantly be making trips to get more cigarettes. Your car, your clothes and your hair all smell fresh and clean. All in all, a smoke free lifestyle is one without all the hassles.
Some smokers think that smoking can make them feel less stressed. But in many cases, people comment that they feel less stressed after they have quit, which can be due to the nicotine replacement therapy influence.
Many smokers come to realise that they are addicted to nicotine and not really choosing to smoke. Regaining control is not only a great feeling, but it can empower you to make other positive changes in your life too.
The important thing is to decide what you most want to do and act on that decision.