If you have been smoking for some time, you will have seen all the health warnings on cigarette packets, watched all the advertisements on TV, and have had no end of lectures from your doctor. You know that smoking is damaging your health. Some smokers, though, have had a health warning overload and have become blasé about the risks. Here then are ten good reasons to quit smoking that have nothing to do with your health, but that you will notice almost as soon as you stop smoking.
You will save more money than you thought
The price of a packet of cigarettes in the UK is now fast approaching £10. If you smoke twenty a day, that adds up to a whopping £3,650 saving every year. Add to that the cost of lighters and the cost of replacing clothes and furniture that you have burnt holes in, and you will have a lot of additional money at your disposal.
You will smell better
Just because you don’t notice the smell of smoke that is constantly with you, other people do. Within days of your giving up smoking, you will notice just how bad other smokers smell. It’s not just your breath, the odour of smoke lingers on in your hair and clothes too.
You can stop standing outside in the cold
Ever since the ban on smoking in enclosed public places was introduced, smokers have been banished out into the wind and the rain when they want a cigarette. Things are going to worse too, because there is now talk of banning smoking in open public places, like parts and pub beer gardens. Stop smoking, and you will never again have to make your excuses and step outside for ten minutes.
You will be able to enjoy food again
Over time, smoking numbs your taste buds and that is why you probably add lots of pepper and salt to all your meals. Within a few days of stopping smoking, you will start to notice that you can pick out some of the more subtle flavours of food and really start to enjoy your meals again.
You will have more energy
You will also find that you are a lot more alert and awake during the day. More oxygen will be getting your brain and that will give you a lot more energy. Give it some time, and you won’t feel so out of breath when you walk up a flight of stairs as well.
You won’t waste so much time
When you stop taking all those smoke breaks, you will be a lot more productive too. You will also be able to sit back and enjoy things better, because you won’t have to keep getting up to go for a cigarette. When you go to a theatre, you will be able to enjoy a drink with everyone else in the interval and not have to stand outside in the rain.
Your car and your home will be cleaner
If you smoke in your home or your car, then you will know how much of a mess it can make. You get ash in the carpets, the windows get grimy and paintwork turns yellow. Even if you go out to the garden at home to smoke, you still have to pick up all the butts at some stage.
Your family will stop worrying about you
If you have children they, no doubt, worry about the effects that smoking has on you. They will have seen all the lectures at school about smoking and that will be playing on their minds. Even if you don’t worry about the health risks, your family probably does.
Your sense of smell will return
You will also notice that you can smell things again. That will include the fresh air, and the smell of the grass, and of food cooking. You will actually be quite surprised at just how numbed both your sense of taste and your sense of smell have become over the years that you have been smoking.
You will feel a great sense of achievement
Quitting the habit will make you feel great about yourself too. The next time one of your family or friends is about to launch into a non-smoking lecture, you will be able to smugly tell them; actually I quit, and that will feel so good.