According to CNN, the Food and Drug Administration will be forcing cigarette makers to place graphic labels on their products which will depict the negative effects of cigarette smoking. Examples of such labels are organs that have been ravaged by the effects of cigarettes, a corpse of a smoker, a mother holding her child with cigarette smoke swirling around them, and others.
I saw some of the proposed labels, and I must say, the images were disturbing. It is expected that these new labels will hopefully get twenty percent of smokers to at least seriously consider kicking the habit. Although I don’t know how much a scary label will make people want to quit smoking, I do have a lot of other reasons that people should not smoke as well…
My Top 15 Reasons To Quit Smoking (Or Never Start)
- You will (most likely) lengthen your life span
- You (may) increase the life span of those around you
- You will have more energy, as your vital organs won’t be working overtime trying to stay oxygenated.
- Besides reducing your chances of getting life-threatening illnesses, you will also suffer from less nuisance illnesses, like upper respiratory infections. (This according to a study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine. Not to mention it is pretty much common sense.)
- You won’t have to stand outside in inclement weather or leave the dinner table to go smoke outside.
- There will be less chance you will burn your house down (or damage your furniture).
- You won’t have to freeze driving around in the winter with your hand out the window to deposit your ashes and cigarette butts.
- Your teeth and fingernails won’t get further stained from all the nicotine
- You will have improved fertiliity (smoking affects the lining of the uterus and also can affect the potency of sperm)
- You will improve your sense of taste and smell
- You, your clothes, and your home won’t smell like a bar. (Side note: mints do not fool people into thinking you don’t smoke. All it does is create a mint-smoke-combination smell.)
- People will want to visit your home more often, as many people are turned off by the smell of cigarette smoke (I am one of those people).
- People won’t stare at you when you are smoking at the park or the beach because you are smelling up the environment
- You will spend less on health care for yourself and your family. (Less illnesses, plus possibly cheaper insurance premiums)
- You can save a lot of money! Lets say you smoke one pack of cigarettes a day at a cost of 5 dollars per pack, resulting in a cost of $150 per month. Lets also assume you smoked for 40 years. If you instead invested that money each month instead of smoking it, you would have amassed almost $384,000 at the end of those 40 years. That doesn’t even count all the money wasted on smoking related costs, like increased medical and life insurance (and other) costs. In addition to having a nice sum of money, you would have pinker lungs, nicer teeth, and a whole host of other great things in your life.
Once you evaluate all the sacrifices you make in order to smoke, next think about the great things you gain from smoking. Have you come up with any yet? The ONLY thing I can think of is you might weigh a little less than a non-smoker. It is surprising that anyone lights up at all when you really sit and think about what people go through and give up in order to smoke.
Free Smoking Cessation Programs Are Available
If you have been wanting to stop smoking and don’t know where to start, contact your doctor today. Or, if you would rather start by getting more information on smoking cessation, you can visit smokefree.gov. Smokefree.gov is a government funded program designed to assist those that wish to stop smoking. It seems to be a very helpful site, which can help you find local resources to help you quit smoking, and they also provide a ‘Quitline’ that is staffed with trained smoking cessation counselors Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. I do not have any personal experience with this website, but it can’t hurt to check it out!
(There are also other free programs available to help you stop smoking. Just Google “free smoking cessation programs” to get more information.)
So I am curious, if you smoke or did smoke, why did you start? (I am directing this more toward people that knew it was unhealthy to smoke in the first place, not those that were hooked before the medical community realized it was a dangerous habit.) Going back to my original point, would graphic images on a pack of cigarettes showing someone smoking through a hole in their neck get you to quit? I know many people that smoke think that they won’t be one of those people that get sick from smoking, or that they will be able to quit whenever they want. Those people better think again though. I have watched someone die from emphysema, and it was nothing short of horrifying. Please don’t let this happen to you, and don’t put your family through such an awful ordeal. The dangers of smoking are very real, and addressing your addiction is not something you should ignore and say you will deal with tomorrow. Think about what you are doing to your body and your wallet by smoking, and try to make a plan to quit today.