10 Reasons to Drop the Cigarette

In honor of Kick Butts Day this month (March 18), here are a few reasons as to why you should quit smoking:

  1. Smell
    1. Let’s face it, the smell of smoke on your clothes, breath and hair is not welcoming. Whether you are a smoker or not, the smell is unpleasant. Getting rid of the cigarette gets rid of the smell; plain and simple.
  2. Sense of smell and taste
    1. You probably did not notice, but your sense of smell and taste both suffer if you are a smoker. Smoking dulls these senses, making food taste less intense as it did before you started smoking. When one starts smoking, this effect occurrs gradually. However, if you quit smoking the return of these senses comes back almost immediately.
  3. Premature aging
    1. No one wants to age quicker than they have too. Smoking increases aging in the face. This is due to the blood vessels not getting enough oxygen, thus wrinkles around the face – and especially the mouth – will occur.
  4. Social pressures
    1. Studies have shown that smokers tend to be on the edge of social networks. Many smokers try to cover that they are smoking, or hide in a place to smoke. This is because many people dislike smoking, but more importantly are concerned with the harms of secondhand smoke.
  5. Finding a mate
    1. As stated above, people are more conscious of smoking and the habits that come with it. This leads to people putting on dating sites or stating that they do not want to date a smoker. As you get older, this becomes more and more of an issue as well.
  6. Increased infections
    1. A smoker will have long term health risks, but they also have short term health risks. For example, a smoker is more likely to get the flu or the common cold. This is because the respiratory track gets hit with toxins from a cigarette, which impede its ability to protect the body from bacteria.
  7. Secondhand smoke
    1. You are not only harming your own body, but also the others around you as you smoke a cigarette. About 50,000 deaths occur every year from secondhand smoke.
  8. Physical ability
    1. Smoking affects your ability to perform physical activity. Not only can it be harder to play different sports, but also simple tasks like climbing a set of stairs. No matter what kind of shape you’re in, smoking will affect your ability to perform physical activities. Quitting will help get your body recovered so you can perform these tasks without trouble.
  9. Cost
    1. The average cost of a cigarette pack is $5, but can range all the way up to $10. Each year, smokers spend thousands of dollars on cigarette packs alone. If you were to add the extra health costs and the fact that smokers use more sick days, the cost increases. Just imagine the possibilities of what you could do with all that money saved.
  10. Your health
    1. Probably one of the most important reasons to quit is your health. Smoking puts a toll on your health. Premature death is common among smokers. This can lead to a family member dying before they get to see their kid graduate. Is smoking really more important than that?

Join us this Friday at 11 a.m. at William Penn Senior High School for a press conference on Kick Butts Day 2015. (Kick Butts Day Advisory)

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