Hey everyone and welcome to part 3 of this extended article series on quitting smoking.
7) THINK ABOUT THE FINANCIAL BENEFITS:- The price of cigarettes is increasing constantly. If you add up the total amount you spend on cigarettes each week, each month or each year, you may be surprised. Surely you could be investing this money more wisely. Maybe you could take your partner out for a restaurant meal each week? Perhaps you could go on an additional night out with your friends? If you are disciplined enough you could even use this money to save for a holiday, a car or a deposit on a house. By smoking cigarettes you are exchanging your money for a product which has the potential to make you ill or even kill you. Think about how much you could improve your financial situation just by stopping smoking.
8) THINK ABOUT THE EFFECT SMOKING HAS ON OTHER PEOPLE:- Apart from having a negative impact on you personally, smoking also affects the environment and those around you. You may not have a problem with putting your own health at risk but what about the health of your friends, family or loved ones? Passive smoking impacts upon those around you and you need to consider whether you want to be responsible for this.
In particular, your smoking can affect your children. Children very often emulate the actions of adults and may want to try it simply because they see you having a cigarette. This study shows that children who have one or more parents that smoke are twice as likely to develop a habit compared with those who have non-smoking parents.
9) TRY A QUIT SMOKING PROGRAM:- A good quit smoking program will help you deal with the many difficulties you are likely to encounter whilst trying to give up. To find the best quit smoking program for you personally a little research is required. Try asking other people who have quit smoking what worked for them and which programs they would recommend, doing some research online or even asking your doctor. A good program should help you deal with the cravings, ease the withdrawal symptoms and address the weight gain that is often associated with quitting smoking. Most importantly it should contain steps that work for you as an individual. Everyone is different so keep this in mind.
I hope you’re enjoying the tips so far. As I keep emphasising remember that you are the most important factor when quitting smoking. If you don’t want to quit you won’t. If you really want to give up cigarettes you will be able to do it. I’ll be back tomorrow with the final installment of quit smoking tips.
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