Reasons For Stopping Smoking

Blog Post created by dr_hurt on Aug 26, 2011

Stopping smoking is one of the best things a smoker can do for their health, but each person really has their own personal reasons that make it important.  Any reason that helps you stop is a good reason, but clearly identifying why it is personally important can help make it a reality. 

What are your reasons for wanting to stop?  Why is it important to you?  Make those reasons real and tangible.  Write them down if you haven’t already.  Use those reasons to outweigh any short term benefit you might get from smoking a cigarette.  Quitting smoking for others can be useful, but make sure that it can carry you through the challenging times when you really, really want to smoke.  Does stopping smoking help you breathe better, look better?  How much money will you save not smoking?  Use your reasons to encourage the tenacity to stop and stay stopped.  

So set aside some time this week and review why not smoking is important to you.  Hold these reasons close to your heart in fact write them down and put them in your pocket.  If you are currently smoking, use those reasons to encourage another effort to stop.  If you find you want to smoke, remind yourself of why it is important to stop smoking.  After you stop smoking spend a little time reviewing those reasons, the benefits you are experiencing from not smoking.  If you have not smoked in a while spend some time appreciating the good thing you are doing for yourself.