If you are a smoker, you probably know how big a challenge it is to quit the habit. It may be that you are trying to find a way to stop and the first step is often having a big enough reason why you should. This can give you the motivation to make sure it happens so that you can reap the benefits of the change. These are some of the top reasons why you should stop smoking and hopefully this will help you find a strong enough will to give up.
The most obvious impact of smoking is on your health and general wellbeing. There is clearly the links to cancer and heart disease as well as many other life threatening conditions. It is unfortunate that many people only see this as their problem when it is too late and have already been diagnosed with a terminal illness. In addition to the obvious diseases, there is also the effect it has on your day to day health. The feeling of being out of breath and having a persistent cough is not something you should want to endure.
If you accept that your health will suffer if you continue to smoke, you should also consider the social consequences of smoking. It has become more and more unacceptable to be a smoker and there are many public places where you are not allowed to light up a cigarette. There is also the way you are perceived by others who may well smell the effects on your clothes and breath. This can be very unpleasant and it will also be noticeable in the way you look with aging skin and stained teeth.
If you are a parent, a further reason to stop smoking is to consider the effects on your children. If you smoke in the same room as them in your home there is now strong enough evidence that you will potentially create health problems for them, both now and in the future. In addition, you should think about the example you are setting them as you probably do not want them to be smokers when they grow up. It would be far better to be a good role model and show them you have the strength to quit.
There are financial reasons to give up cigarettes and the habit has become a more expensive one in recent years. If you take the time to work out exactly how much money you spend because of your smoking, it will probably shock you. It is not just how much you could save but also what you could actually do with the extra cash. If you think about a nice holiday or spending more on your family, this would seem to be a worthwhile alternative. It could also fund a more healthy hobby or sport that would provide you with an extra incentive to quit permanently.
The statistics show that if you are a smoker you are likely to have a shorter life. It is not only how many more years of life you could have but also your ability to enjoy them. If your health and fitness suffer, then your quality of life will be restricted by what you are able to do. This means you have a choice between remaining active or letting your habit stop you from taking part in many aspects of life due to your deteriorating health.
So as you can see, there are many physical and social reasons why you should stop smoking and these should give you the motivation to quit now.