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Good Reasons to Give Up Smoking

Updated on July 29, 2012

Sophisticated? Or is she just spoiling her face?

If we were meant to smoke we'd have a chimney in our heads

Welcome to Good Reasons to Give Up Smoking

If we were meant to smoke we’d have a chimney in our heads. That’s my view, anyway. I started this dreadful habit at high school. By the time I took my first job at fifteen I was regularly purchasing cigarettes. It was the accepted way of life in the 1950s. It was a sign of maturity.

At thirty-seven I wrote the essay which you can read below – but I didn’t give it up smoking. Not then, anyway. However, after a year’s stint on MacQuarie Island as an Antarctic expeditioner, where I has access to free tobacco – I used to puff on Half Corona Cigars down there – I was still into smoking. Then, in my mid-forties, I gave it away. Just quit. At seventy-five, I’m so glad that I did. Here is the essay I wrote way back in May 1973.

The tobacco habit. One of the world's worse.

Some years ago I decided to give up the tobacco habit. My reasons for doing this were many. Firstly, I learned that smoking is bad for one’s health. In the short-term, the habitual smoker is subject to shortness of breath and a wracking cough. In the long-term he is liable to end up with cancer of the throat or lungs, or with heart disease.

Do you lungs look like this?

If you devour this many ciggies in a week, they probably look a lot worse.
If you devour this many ciggies in a week, they probably look a lot worse.

Big money, most of which wafts away wasted

My second reason was financial: this habit costs real money, big money when one considers it overall. Depending upon the rate at which the smoker consumes a pack of cigarettes, anything from $3 to $7 in a week (back in 1973 that was a lot) Even ten cigarettes a day will amount to around $130 over a period of one year.

The third reason was the inconvenience of being a smoker. A smoker must always have access to (a) tobacco, (b) matches or lighter, (c) when indoors, an astray. Also, in many cases, he has to ensure that his habit does not offend others. That is, he doesn’t create a smoky atmosphere where a smoky atmosphere could annoy other people.

It's a messy habit.

Fourth: Smoking is a messy habit. Ash and cigarette butts have to be perpetually disposed of. This causes unwarranted work. And you only have to look at an overflowing ashtray to comprehend how slovenly this habit is. It’s dirty.

Five: It’s smelly. The smoker doesn’t notice it. Others do. It gets into the fabric of clothing. It stinks the house out. Some will shun the smoker. And the non-smoker woman’s not too happy about kissing the man who smokes.

Not quite a posy of flowers, eh?

Big money wasted.  Most drifted away into atmosphere to pollute the place.  A fair amount it ended up here, and quite a bit of it as tar on on a moist lung or two.
Big money wasted. Most drifted away into atmosphere to pollute the place. A fair amount it ended up here, and quite a bit of it as tar on on a moist lung or two.

Spoils our ability to enjoy food to its maximum taste.

Six: Habitual cigarette, pipe or cigar smoking tends to desensitize one’s taste buds. Food, in its normal form is not longer as palatable as it should be. Many smokers, apart from not being able to enjoy food as much as they should, resort to strong sources an condiments. They apply too much pepper and salt in their attempts to savour their meals.

Seven: The psychological dependence the smoker develops towards cigarettes leaves him feeling inadequate when he is obliged to do without them. The smoker, at an important interview without access to a cigarette is under considerable stress.

Don't let your ego-mind tell you you can't do it - you can.

It really is a fire hazard.

These are all sound reasons why a man should not smoke. But there is yet another, and that one is rarely mentioned: fire hazard. The smoker is much more prone to leaving his matches lying around than the non-smoker. The smoker with small children is inadvertently and unbeknowingly to himself, inviting those small children to experiment with fire. They want to strike those matches like Daddy. And then there are those hundreds of cases where men and women have burned themselves to death by falling asleep whilst smoking in bed.

If you are a smoker...

To sum up. I gave it up because it is expensive, inconvenient, dirty, and eventually wrecks one’s health. Also it’s downright dangerous. If you are a smoker my advice to you is give it up…give it up right now. It can be hard – but it really is worth it in the long run.

Let's hope you got something out of Good Reasons to Give Up Smoking.



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  • peachpurple profile image


    3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    everyone including women should give up smoking for the sake of themselves and family members

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    Devika Primić 

    5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Good reasons for giving smoking but he bad habit for many people won't just disappear no matter is spoken of to them.

  • Paradise7 profile image


    6 years ago from Upstate New York

    I know you're right but I'm still in the "cutting way down" stage. Also, I chew the gum instead of smoke, sometimes. I find them so hard to give up, though I know very well I should. They do nothing for me but slowly ruin my health.

  • oldcoincollector profile image


    6 years ago

    I smoked cigarettes for over 30 years but I stopped back in January. I hate them, I hated them for years even though I still smoked them. Nasty, stinky, a waste of money, a waste of life and breath!


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