Reasons to Quit Smoking
There are many different reasons why you should stop smoking. The smell left on clothes and yourself, to save money, for your family and the most important reason of all – to live a healthier lifestyle. We all know the dangers and risks of smoking yet some people continue to ignore the warnings and begin smoking and just do not have the willpower to quit. In order to give yourself every opportunity to live a healthy life without an increased risk of developing debilitating and in some cases fatal diseases, you need the tools to not begin smoking and if you do, the tools you need to stop smoking.
Since smoking and unhealthy habits are such a large issue, the Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center's Team of Physicians, have developed a few reasons to encourage the community to finally quit smoking for good.
When you quit smoking you will:
Save money – Smoking a pack a day can add up to thousands of dollars in just one year. The price of cigarettes is rising each year due to higher taxes. In New Jersey especially, a recent bill was passed to place higher penalties on each carton to discourage people from buying a pack of cigarettes. As the price per carton goes up, if you are smoking, your savings will go down, along with your health.
Avoid being exposed to secondhand smoke – Secondhand smoke is just as deadly and dangerous as smoking a cigarette. Do you want to negatively impact your child’s asthma and your spouse’s heart disease? Each cigarette smoked increases you and your loved one's risk for hospitalization and health issues. A family member’s smoking could be a reason why other members of the family are experiencing continuous respiratory problems. If you want to make a positive change not only in your life but in someone else’s, take the steps today to stop smoking.
Be a better friend and co-worker – Smoking has become significantly less attractive in recent years. The price of smoking cigarettes is not only expensive and unhealthy but it can cost you friends, places to live and even in some circumstances - employment. Friends may also ask you not to smoke in their homes and cars, restricting the time they spend with you.
Stop stinking – The gum and mint industry have improved greatly due to smokers trying to cover up their cigarette breath. Not only will your breath smell better so will your hair, clothes, car, and home.
Prevent potential fire risks – Smokers are more likely to smoke in their homes and in their cars. Many studies have shown that those who smoke indoors are more likely to cause house fires due to cigarettes. Many of those fires were caused by improper disposal, sleeping while smoking or an accident with lighters and lighter fluid.
When you are ready to quit let all your friends and family know that today is your day. Ask them for support during the next few days so you can stay focus on your goal. New Jersey has a quit smoking hotline and will provide you with free nicotine patches and gum to help you improve as well as a smokers hotline where you can call and receive advice for your problem. Always remember quitting is never easy and there is no right or wrong way to do it. Work with a healthcare provider or program to ensure your success. If you smoke one less cigarette today then you did yesterday, you are on the track for success. The members of Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center just want you to celebrate being smoke free!