As I try to persuade my husband to give up smoking cigarettes, I thought I would blog about the reasons he should. I hope some of these will encourage other readers who are quitting cigarettes.
Bad for the smoker’s health
My parents would often tell me that when they started smoking back in the 1940s, they did not know about the health risks. Smoking was seen as glamorous and part of being one of the crowd with so many doing it.
For many decades now, we have known smoking cigarettes is not good for your health. One in two smokers will die from a smoking-related disease. Those are not great odds and I am so pleased I never started.
Terrible for the family of the smoker
I remember both my parents in their smoking days. They were heavy smokers and I used to choke in the back of the car on days out with them. Both my brothers tried smoking and it is a real fear of mine that when a parent smokes, it can justify the whole idea of doing so to their children. I like to think my kids have more sense than that but it is till a concern. My husband’s older children all smoked and I am hoping mine will buck that trend.
Smoking used to bond people socially but now it divides them. People who don’t smoke often don’t like to around those that do. With smoking bans, the non-smoker can feel quite abandoned as their partner or friend takes off for their fix outside.
You make huge savings when you give up smoking
Smoking only gets more expensive over the years and really does impact on an individual and family’s budget. On average, those who give up save £3000 per year. That is a huge amount for most people. What could you do for you and your loved ones with that money in the bank?
My parents were persuaded to give up smoking in different ways. My mother gave up when she was ill and did not fancy a cigarette. She had always said if she could manage one day without a cigarette, she would give up. She was a very strong-willed woman and stuck by that. My Dad always used to give up smoking for Lent and one year decided to become a non-smoker to save money.
So although my husband has tried and failed to quit smoking on many occasions, I still think there is hope and I will keep on trying to persuade him to wave goodbye to cigarettes for good.