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Top Reasons to Stop Smoking

Updated on October 8, 2012

I've never been a smoker, but both of my parents smoked until I was in junior high and my dad gave them up because he just couldn't take the coughing any more. He had been smoking heavily since his teens. My mom will be 70 and still smokes heavily.

My first husband was not a smoker, so for 23 years I lived in a smoke-free environment and it's what I had become accustomed to. Whenever, we visited my mother we hated how we smelled when we left there.

Then, there's my second husband. He has smoked since his teens as well. In the spring of 2009 my husband was introduced to electronic cigarettes. E-cigs have totally transformed him. I'm really proud of his transition to vaping.

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Reasons to Quit Smoking

  1. Your health-I think this goes without saying, but I think too often we wait until our health has deteriorated to wake up and decide we need to preserve our health. Don't wait until you're suffering from the ill effects, stop now.
  2. Better insurance rates-Smokers pay higher premiums on insurance.
  3. You can stop smelling like an ashtray-Everyone I know that has stopped smoking can suddenly smell what other smokers smell like and always ask, "did I smell that bad?". Yes, you did.
  4. Stop making your family smell like an ashtray-there's really nothing worse that smelling like an ashtray when you don't even smoke. Smokers don't realize how much the stink up every one's clothes and hair.
  5. Your car and house will smell better-Just like your smoke stinks up every one's clothes and hair, it also permeates the fabrics in your home and car. The walls yellow from the tar.
  6. You'll have whiter teeth and fresher breath. Smokers have yellowed teeth from the tar and stale smoky breath.
  7. Breathe easier. Without all the tar and toxins you'll be able to breathe better and have more stamina. Imagine climbing stairs without huffing and puffing.
  8. No need to buy lighters or ashtrays
  9. Save money! Do you dare tally up how much you've spent in your lifetime on cigarettes and what you could have bought with that money? I bet most of you could have had a new car or two.
  10. Improved self-esteem without having the stigma of being labeled a smoker. You'll feel better about yourself and be proud that accomplish something so many others have tried and failed at. You can do it and once you do, you'll never have to do it again.
  11. No more burnt holes in carpet, clothing, sofas No matter how careful they are, the wind will catch it or someone will inadvertently bump them and before you know it they have burnt a hole in something.
  12. No more having to excuse yourself to find a place you're allowed to smoke. You won't miss out on conversations, etc. because you'll be able to stay with the non-smokers.

What Method Will You Choose?

There are tons of books and gimmicks to help you stop smoking, just like there is to lose weight. Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking is a great book and I highly recommend it. My husband bought the audio book and I listened to it too. Allen Carr approaches it from a logical standpoint. Once you realize what cigarettes are really doing and how they're tricking you into thinking you have to have them, then you're closer to understanding how to walk away from them and reclaim your life. That clawing feeling that makes you think you have to have them is just you feeding the monster. Once you stop feeding him he goes away. I know, you're probably saying that's easy for me to say since I've never smoked, but I do understand.

Switching to e-cigs has helped many people, including my husband.  It's no different than the nicotine patch or gum, but you are still able to satisfy the oral sensation of smoking.  You at least eliminate all the tar and toxins, smell, etc. 

No matter how you choose to do, just do it.  You'll be glad you did.  I wish you all the best!

Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking


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      7 years ago from England


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      8 years ago from Central Texas

      I've seen that with my own parents, Ethel. My dad quit, but my mother carried on. I've tried to get her to at least switch to the electronic cigarette, but she's just too afraid of new technology. The e-cig is the best invention to come along in decades. It will save a lot of lives.

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I've been stopped more than 20 years but Hubby is still at it unfortunately

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Central Texas

      I appreciate your comments BeiYin and I understand where you're coming from, but one is fooling themselves if they think they smoke to "deal" with things. Allen Carr teaches you that in the book. He was a smoker and maybe you'd find him more credible than I. But, in dealing with my husband's smoking, I have spent a heck of a lot of time researching the issue myself. Smokers smoke because they are addicted to it. They think they have to have it to deal with things, but it's smoking that makes you feel that way in the first place. You don't need to replace smoking with anything. You're not giving up anything. You are regaining your life.

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      8 years ago from Ibiza Spain

      What about finding out why people smoke? That would mean to go a little bit deeper than finding a good reason to quit smoking to avoid bad smell. But not only smoker avoid to look at themselves, that's why they are smoking in the first place, right? To confront ones daily reality is a tough challenge, especially if this is built out of fake images from this society. So smoking helps to survive. If one quits smoking, then one will need a substitute for it. What could this be? Or might it be the best to realize that ones expectations need a checkup? There is quite a lot to investigate, but of course, every body is too busy for this and it is much easier to buy a book. If it serves to quit smoking, that's by itself is good and maybe the author even writes something what one can creatively do instead!

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Kerry. You are exactly right about the need to be mentally ready. That's one thing Allen Carr's book does is help you see it differently. My mother is still not ready and probably never will be at her age. It's the same way with dieting. I have a hub about the reasons to lose weight too.

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      8 years ago

      Great hub.Smoking is one thing I haven't kicked yet, but I do intend to at some point. I have enjoyed smoking, as weird and crazy as that sounds, and when you're not ready mentally it just can't work. Anyhoo... great read, excellent reasons to quit. All kicks in the pants welcome.




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