Reasons to Stick With It

Reasons to Stick With It

Think about it—you have already made great progress. Deciding for sure you want to quit and planning when and how you would do it was a giant step. Now you have made it through quit day and you’re actually putting your plan into action. Reward yourself. Feel proud that you are making a positive change for yourself and those around you. And as you continue toward your goal of breaking the habit for good, take time to reflect on why you are making the journey toward a tobacco-free life, and why you should continue to resist the urge to smoke:

  • Smoking has devastating consequences on your health. It causes lung cancer, heart disease, and harms just about every organ in your body. Smoking kills more people than car accidents, homicides, alcohol, illegal drugs, AIDS and suicide combined.
  • Smoking is not only bad for your health, it is bad for your family, friends and other people around you.
  • Smoking causes your skin to wrinkle prematurely and other effects that age you beyond your years.
  • By quitting, you have set a good example for your family for which you can be proud.
  • Smoking another cigarette—even just one puff—will bring back all of the old urges.
  • Perhaps you have even inspired other people to quit smoking, and thus may be helping to save their lives as well!

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Smoking Fact

Women who stop smoking before pregnancy or within the first 3 to 4 months of pregnancy will reduce their risk of having a low birth weight baby to that of women who never smoked.