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Jan 3

How to Quit Smoking

Posted By iamincontrol | January 3, 2013


By AlyssaHand chained to cigarettes

Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do.  But if you do it, you will feel so much more free and healthy.  When you smoke, it’s an addiction, and that means you have less control over your actions.  Your brain tells you that you always need another cigarette or other form of tobacco.  You may have tried to quit before, and maybe it didn’t work.  Here are some reasons to try again.

Reasons to Quit:

  • Health – You know that smoking is bad for your health by now.  Check out more details on the negative health impact smoking has on your body at this cool site.  It shows you how smoking affects your body now and later, as well as how much healthier you’ll be when you quit.
  • Money – Smoking is expensive!  A pack of cigarettes is usually $5-$6, so think about how much you smoke.  Is it half a pack a day, about $900-$1,000 a year, or is it more?   Just think about what else you could do with that money – buy a lot of clothes, video games, or maybe even a car if you save up.
  • Social repercussionsDo you ever get that look from someone who can’t stand the smell of smoke?  Are you embarrassed that your clothes smell like smoke?  More and more, it’s becoming less socially acceptable to smoke. 
  • Animal testingDid you know that tobacco companies have tested their products on animals for years?  Saddest.  Thing.  Ever.
  • Work – Most workplaces don’t allow smoking anymore, sometimes not even anywhere on the grounds.  When you try to get a full-time job after high school or college, it will be much easier for you to make it through the day if you aren’t constantly craving that after-work cigarette. 
  • Need more reasons?  How about 15 Ways Smoking Ruins Your Looks?  I’m guessing premature wrinkles aren’t high on your wish list.

If you’re ready to quit, there are many things you can do make it easier.  One of these things is to avoid your triggers, which are things that remind you of smoking or make you want to light up.  This site called Not On Tobacco has cool comics that talk about what some of your triggers might be and how to avoid them.  Be sure to visit this site for more tips on how to quit successfully.  It’s a big decision, and it’s not going to be easy, but it’s going to be so worth it in the end when tobacco no longer controls your life.

Visit Quitline Iowa or call them at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to quit smoking today.

Remember, YOU are in control.  Your tobacco addiction should not control you.