We all know its bad for us, and whether we are pack a day chain smokers or just buying a pack for when we hit the bars, this dirty little habit has got to go. Here are some top reasons that make quitting smoking a no brainer.
It’s a turn off
Some women are automatically crossing you off their list when they see you light up at a bar or on break at work. Addiction shows weakness, which can be a major turn off. Other ladies are just plain grossed out by the smell and yellow teeth. No one wants to kiss an ash try.
Cancer, heart disease, and stroke
Smoking is one of the leading causes of death. It is just that plain and simple. There are 250 known chemicals in cigarettes that have proven to be harmful, not to mention the 7,000 in total found in cigarette smoke. Smoking can kill you and cancer is just one of the many slow and horrible ways. Smoking causes an estimated 438,000 premature deaths annually in the US.
Get out some pen and paper and do some easy math. Multiple how many packs you smoke a week by the 52 weeks in a year and multiple that by the cost of one pack. After you carefully place your eyeballs back into their sockets, toss out your remaining cigarettes, and plan a vacation for next year with that money instead.
This might be the easiest reason to sell: smokers age worse. Smoking stains your teeth, finger nails, and makes everything you own stink. They have even found a scientific correlation between gray hair and being a smoker. Smokers often display more wrinkles around the mouth area as they age from habitually dragging on a cigarette. Smoking also constricts blood vessels in the face giving smokers poorer complexions and breaking down elasticity.
So how do you quit?
Stop telling everyone you are “trying to quit smoking” and tell everyone “you have quit smoking”.
Even this small change in word choice can help you quit more successfully. When someone tells you they are “trying to make it” to your dinner party, you usually are not expecting to see them there, versus when they tell you they will see you later.
Arm yourself with the right tools, make a plan
Get the patch, get nicotine gum, talk to your doctor about different things you can do whether it be going cold turkey, behavioral therapy or nicotine replacement therapy, make a plan and stick to it.
Exercise and H20
Exercise and hydration will help your body flush out the toxins that have permeated your body for all those years. Getting those chemicals out of your system will help your body recover more quickly, and crush your cravings for more of those chemicals and nicotine faster. Staying active can also help manage stress levels that keep you reaching for cigarettes in the first place.
If cold turkey isn’t for you smoking an herbal blend containing organic herbs like mullein, marshmallow root, skulls cap, or damiana hand rolled in hemp paper. This strategy can help you first wean off the chemicals, toxins, and nicotine and leave breaking the physical habit for later. Eventually you will need to work through the oral fixation, but its okay to take baby steps. The most important thing is to quit smoking tobacco as soon as possible.