Commit to Quit: Four reason why one should quit smoking.

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As it is rightly said:

“Replacing the smoke on your face with a smile today will replace illness in your life with happiness tomorrow”

Almost every individual has heard or read the phrase

“Smoking is injurious to health”

at least once in his/her lifetime, even the smokers get to read it every day on their cigarette packets, and honestly where’s the lie?

Smokers might not find this mere phrase convincing enough, so here are the reasons that would make you want to quit smoking.

  • Good Health, Good Life:

Quit smoking for the sake of your health.  Smoking increases your risk of developing more than 50 serious health conditions. Some may be fatal, and others can cause irreversible long-term damage to your health. Smoking damages your heart and your blood circulation causes cancers and also increases the risk of impotence in men and women both. A good life requires good health, therefore. Quitting smoking is the only option you got!

  • Quit for your appearance:

Smoking has various long and short-term effects on one’s appearance ranging from yellowing of the fingers and nails, discoloration of the teeth, and even a black hairy tongue to dry skin, uneven skin pigmentation, baggy eyes, and a saggy jawline, and deeper facial wrinkles and furrows. It is common for the skin of a 40-year-old heavy smoker to resemble that of a 70-year-old nonsmoker, which is quite worrisome.

“Aging is the fact of life but looking your age is not”.

— Dr. Howard Murad

  • Quit smoking, save money:

If you are a smoker, you’ll know smoking is expensive! Imagine how much money you could save if you stopped. In Pakistan, tobacco-consuming households spend on average 2.7% of their monthly budget on tobacco. Poor households spend 3.0% of their budget on tobacco. This is more than they spend on education (1.8%).

So how about saving the amount spent on tobacco and using it for something beneficial to your health like working on those extra fats by joining a gym, maybe!

  • Passive/secondhand smoke:

Imagine being a non-smoker, yet living in constant fear of being exposed to the detrimental effects of smoking. If you live with someone who smokes, you have a higher risk of diseases such as lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke, especially among children and elders. So it’s not just about YOU but every individual you have daily interaction with.

Hence, stopping smoking will not only make you healthier but will also improve the health of your partner, children, or other household members.

Quitting is, undeniably, not easy. But one can be derived motivation from the fact that it puts your health, happiness, and appearance. wallet, and people around you at risk. So now is the time. COMMIT to QUIT!

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Ayesha Ashraf
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