Reasons to Quit Smoking

Do you need help in finding more reasons to quit smoking? Well, you've come to the right place! Few people disagree that smoking is harmful to your health (and those around you) but, there are also other reasons to quit smoking that might help motivate you. We'll certainly cover all of the health effects of smoking, but we'll also explore some other reasons to stop smoking that may encourage you to quit for good. No guilt trips here, just the facts so you can find your way in quitting for good.

More Money - I bet you can


always use more money! How about an easy $1,800 per year raise? Not bad! At an average $5/day just for the cost of cigarettes, that's a lot of cash down the drain. New flat screen anyone?

Better Job Performance - You'll be better on the job, and more likely to get hired if you're a nonsmoker. That adds up to two raises in one year!

Better Looks - Do you want to look ten years younger? Not only do your hair and clothes smell like smoke, but smoking causes your skin to age prematurely.

Reverse Years of Damage - Yep, that's right! It is possible to reverse much of the damage done by smoking but it takes time! So, find out what happens when you quit smoking to see more great benefits of quitting!

Children's Health - Well, if your own health isn't getting you motivated, maybe your children's health (or grandchildren's) will provide you reasons to stop smoking. Did you know you may be negatively affecting your children's health, not to mention they're more likely to start smoking because you do? Kids are also less likely to smoke if you quit smoking now. We know you don't mean to hurt your kids (or grandkids) so, now is the perfect time to quit.

Heart Disease - Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women. Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death. Smoking and exposure to second hand smoke are a leading cause of heart attacks. This might be one of the best reasons to quit smoking!

Respiratory Diseases - from acute (short-term) to chronic (long-term), smoking wreaks havoc on your lungs. As if everything else wasn't more than enough reason to stop smoking, here's yet another more serious one to add to the ever growing list. With the global pandemic of H1N1 (swine flu) reaching record numbers, quitting smoking may be a critical step in helping you reduce your risk of developing a serious illness.

Decreased Bone Mass - Yep, smoking affects your bones too. You're at greater risk of osteoporosis if you smoke.

Erectile Dysfunction - Decreased blood flow means you may not perform to your (or your partners) satisfaction, or at all.

Decreased fertility and Poor Pregnancy - it says it all. If you do get pregnant, your baby is more likely to be small at birth, at risk for SIDS, and a slew of other health issues.

Lung Cancer - We all know this one, right? Every puff breathing in over 4,000 chemicals , at LEAST 43 KNOWN to cause cancer in humans, well that can't be good! Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women (yes, more than prostate cancer and breast cancer).

Other Cancers - There are numerous other cancers that are linked to smoking.

Eye and Dental Disease - I know what you're thinking, "my eyes and teeth too?" Smoking affects nearly EVERY organ in the body.

There are a lot of reasons why you may personally want to quit smoking. Explore them through the reasons to quit smoking worksheet. You should also consider exploring your pros and cons of quitting smoking and maintaining smoking with the help of the decision making chart.

Now do you have enough reasons to quit smoking? Are you ready to quit? We're here to help!

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