The Top Reasons to Stop Smoking
Millions of people in the United States are habitual smokers. I am sure that many of them have heard from their friends that they need to stop smoking. However, when you are chemically addicted to a substance, it really hard to focus on the reasons to break that habit. To help you realize the benefits of a smoke free lifestyle to motivate you to change your life, I will list in this article some of the top reasons to stop smoking now.
The most important reason to stop smoking is to preserve your health. The negative health effects of smoking are not secret. They are printed on a surgeon general’s warning on each pack. The risks include an increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and emphysema. It has been estimate that smoking cuts between 10 and 17 years off the average long term smoker’s lifespan.
If your health is not enough to motivate you, consider your pocketbook. It has become increasingly expensive to keep up the smoking habit. Politicians love to tax themselves money to line the government’s coffers. However, they also have to get elected. No one wants to pay the taxes, so they find a minority that many people believe deserve to pay more and focus their tax increases on them. The best target of all are smokers because they are a minority that many people believe are self destructive anyway, and the nanny state mentality is that by taxing smoking, one can influence one to make the proper decision for one’s health.
As a result, the price of a pack of cigarettes has increased dramatically over the past few decades due to all the sin taxes imposed by the state. The average cost of a pack of cigarettes was $0.38 in 1970, and that rose to $5.62 as of 2011. This increase has also been made more dramatic due to expensive settlements by major tobacco customers which end up coming out of their customers’ pockets. If you continue to smoke, you can only expect your disposable income to be depressed over time due to the high cost of feeding your habit.
The direct costs in a pack of cigarettes also are supplemented with a higher cost of health insurance policies. We all know that smokers carry a higher risk of chronic diseases as they grow older. As a result, insurers are forced to ask every applicant if they happen to smoke. Then then must charge higher fees to those who make the life choice to smoke. This is not just health insurance. Life insurance rates are also much higher. The net effect is higher monthly costs just for maintaining the smoking habit.
There are also tremendous social costs for smoking. Your friends might not want to admit it, but many would prefer not to be around you when you are smoking because they hate the smell. In fact, some might even make excuses to avoid you to get away from the smoke. Over the last decade, many public places like restaurants and bars have also kicked smokers outside if they want to light up. Many municipalities have banned all smoking outright in public places unless they meet certain strict requirements. It is becoming increasingly hard to be a smoker and go out for a night on the town without having to take several trips outside the door to feed the habit.
There are more than enough reasons for you to stop smoking. There are also plenty of effective ways to make getting off smoking easier than ever. What are you waiting for? It is time to kick the smoking habit now.