The Hardest Part About Quitting Smoking

Published: 10th December 2009
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The hardest part of giving up smoking for some people is the nicotine. For the less frequent, lighter smoker it might be the security of holding that white cylinder in their fingers whenever they feel tense or edgy. For others it is the life line that holds them to the very next day. They sit on the edge of the bed, puffing away in the darkness, swearing to themselves that this is their very last cigarette ever, that tomorrow they will wake up and will be, smoke free.

But giving up smoking should not be that difficult. Shouldn't you think that question in reverse? What is the hardest part about NOT giving up smoking? Is it the all the money that you would save by stopping now? The cheapest pack of off brand cigarettes is nearly four dollars. If you smoke one pack a day that is a total of $28 per week. In a month's time you will have burned, (literally) through a little over two hundred dollars. In a year that total is $2544. Most people start smoking between 16-18 and smoke until they die at 65-70. The math is boggling: a smoker who has spent fifty two years of his life puffing away has spent $132,288 give or take a couple thousand dollars. Think about all of the things you could have done with that money if you did not set fire to it every hour or so for all of your adult life.

Would better health be a hard part about giving up smoking? According to most literature, your lungs show improvement within one day of stopping smoking and significant repair within a few years. Smoking does not affect only your lungs though, it affects every part of your body. Your heart struggles to clear the nicotine and other poisons from your blood as it pumps at faster and harder rates. Smoking can cause your blood pressure to be elevated and in some people can cause a condition known as "tachycardia" which is a very fast heart rate. If I thought that something that I was doing out of nothing more than habit was harming my heart and circulatory system, I would stop.

Your looks suffer the longer that you smoke as well. Smoking causes fine lines around your eyes and lips. It can cause your skin to appear sallow and your hair to dull. It will yellow your fingers and your teeth and your breath will never be fresh no matter how often you brush or how many mints that you pop in a day's time. The first time you are called ma'am is enough of a shock to the ego, it should not come at the age of twenty five- but that could very well happen if you do not stop smoking. Will vanity help negate the hardest part about giving up smoking?

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