If you hate the thought of inhaling, I'm sure you can think of countless reasons to stop. You may be thinking of them right now. You may be thinking about them all day long 24/7. I'm sure they're obvious to you. Perhaps with every one you smoke you're aware of what's going on, but unfortunately too addicted to do anything about it. Why do people do it?
You may be able to think of 1000's of reasons that it seems utterly stupid to continue other than the fact you're addicted. Is this true? Sound familiar?
Even the worldwide smoking statistics should scare you. Hopefully they will, because those are some startling numbers if you look at the big picture. Want to know more? Here are some facts that will make your jaw drop in disbelief. But they are all absolutely true!
Again, if you like puffing your life away, and it doesn't bother you, and you're OK with it, then all of this means nothing. Any advice won't help you because you don't want help. You probably aren't even reading this page. You're probably outside smoking.
Just think...that tiny three inch cigarette filled with tobacco leaves and a filter at the end...IS YOUR MASTER! You can't live without them. You'd walk a mile down the road in a blizzard to get some if you had to. You'd walk 5 miles to get them. Yes, nicotine is THAT powerful. It doesn't care where you are, or who you're with. All it cares about is being smoked by YOU! Is that what you want?
As long as you have one every 30 minutes or so and keep a good amount of nicotine in your body, it leaves you alone. But if you start to go over that 30 minutes, then withdrawal strikes.
This is your entire life. Are you ok with that? I'm not. I don't want to die that way.
So, what I'm saying is that although you may be spending $5 on a pack each time you go into a convenience store, you may walk out having spent $10. For the sake of argument, let's say you do that everyday. Now your yearly total is up to $3360. Now THAT'S a lot of money!
I'd also like to point out the monthly total spending of $140 for just buying cigarettes. Everybody has bills to pay. If you didn't ever buy any, what bill(s) could this money go towards? Car payment? Student loans? A vacation to Hawaii? The possibilities are endless.
Try putting $5 aside each day and buying yourself something nice, or put it into savings. Trust me, great things will happen FINANCIALLY to you right away. Things will add up fast! You'll be amazed by how much money you can save. You might even have to work LESS! Now THAT would be nice, wouldn't it?
I paid the price and I got bronchitis. I've had it a few times now. It's like breathing through a straw all day and all night long. And because of that, I couldn't get up, I couldn't eat, I couldn't even brush my teeth because I had no energy to do it.
When you can't breathe, you can't live your life. It's a horrible, horrible feeling. I ended up in the emergency room because of it. Does this sound like a fun time to you? Do you think this won't happen to you personally? You must stop as soon as possible or you'll risk permanent damage.
To this day, I still get winded easily. I still feel the lung damage. I don't dare go running in the cold weather or I'll end up with an asthma attack. I certainly didn't have this condition before when I was younger, but I do now. It has gotten slowly better, and that will just increase with time as long as I remain tobacco-free.
Plus, sleeping is better. If you're a chain smoker, I'm sure you have some pretty restless nights once in a while. I'm sure there are times you go to bed coughing and wheezing and losing sleep. Sound familiar?
Those are telltale signs your body is trying to tell you something. It's time to quit before it's too late. Don't take breathing for granted. Breathing means life!
No, I'm not talking about teenagers, I'm talking about the people out there who have smoked for years, especially women. It decreases the amount of oxygen to the body, so your skin looks dried out. This means more wrinkles.
Ever notice how some people in their late 30's or 40's just look like smokers even though you don't see them lighting up? It's because cigarettes have aged them. They have wrinkles all over their face, especially around the lips. All that puckering up over time has caused fine lines to appear. Is this what you want? To look older before your time? Don't you want to be young?
When you stop, you increase the amount of oxygen to your body, and to your skin. Your skin will then retain its moisture. It won't dry out as fast. You won't be puckering up. Bottom line: you won't be adding new wrinkles to your face.
I didn't realize even for a second how bad I smelled. When I quit, suddenly I could smell cigarettes everywhere! People who walked inside from having a one smelled terrible. It almost made me gag! The ashtray scent is not a very attractive one.
I remember saying to my friend, "Was this me everyday?" She said it was. It's embarrassing. It's disgusting. Now I know you should never care what anyone else thinks about you, but do you really want everyone to think you smell like an ashtray?
When you stop, your apartment, your clothes, and your breath freshens up again. You smell nice and pleasant, and you may even be more attractive to someone. Think about it. People will want to be around you. You'll see.
I knew I didn't want that life, but I was caught in the vicious cycle of addiction and I just couldn't get out of it. And people wonder why I was so anti-social all the time. My life was a rollercoaster!
For years I tried quitting, then relapsed, then quit again, then relapsed again. It all made me so unhappy. But I will tell you, once I succeeded, my life turned around 180 degrees.
I was proud of myself, I accomplished something. I beat the odds, I conquered addiction. I could wake up in the morning full of life and ready to take on the day. That is what life is all about folks. Everyday is like the best day of your life. You'll feel like a million bucks. There is no room for sadness and depression. You won't regret it!
Do you know some other reasons to quit that could help others? Have I missed something? If so, share it with us!
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