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20 Reasons to Quit Smoking

Practical reasons to quit smoking unrelated to health.

Besides the many health benefits of quitting smoking, there are a lot of other reasons to stop. Here are some of the reasons to stop smoking.

  • You will no longer be embarrassed and self-conscious about being a smoker.
  • Your clothes, hair, hands, home, and car won't smell bad anymore. When you smoke, you're not aware of how they really smell. It's like wearing too much perfume or cologne -- you get used to it, but everyone else still smells it.
  • Your senses of taste and smell get much better.
  • You won't have to step outside for a cigarette when you can't smoke inside. You won't have to interrupt social situations by having to leave and go smoke.
  • You won't have to worry about ashes and emptying ashtrays.
  • You won't have any anxiety over whether you have enough cigarettes to last. No more inconvenient trips to the store just for cigarettes.
  • No more cigarette burns on your carpet, furniture, or clothes.
  • If you smoked inside, your interior won't need paint as often.
  • Your computer and other electronics won't fail as often in a smoke-free environment.
  • Your home and car will be cleaner. You'll no longer have a yellow film over everything.
  • You will set a better example for your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and kids in general.
  • In a long class, meeting, seminar, or the like, you won't have to worry about when you'll be able to smoke again.
  • You can stop making dining, entertainment, or lodging decisions based on whether you can smoke in the building. In fact, you will likely start to seek out places that don't allow smoking.
  • You will get a great sense of accomplishment from doing one of the hardest things a person can do. You should be very proud of yourself for trying even if you don't succeed (just keep trying!).
  • The withdrawal symptoms from quitting are a great reason to pamper yourself.
  • If you're looking for romance, you will have a much better opportunity for finding someone if you don't smoke. Most people would choose a nonsmoker over a smoker.
  • You can explore more outdoor activities and hobbies like cycling or hiking -- things that you might not have considered as a smoker.
  • You will look better. Smoking causes wrinkles and makes your teeth yellow. Being in better health helps your appearance as well.
  • Your life won't be constantly interrupted to have a cigarette. You'll have more time to do the things you enjoy.
  • Money. Smoking is expensive. You can use that money to increase your quality of life, instead of using it to decrease it. Good suggestions include:
    • Pay to have your car upholstery professionally cleaned.
    • Have the carpets in your home steam cleaned.
    • Have your clothes professionally laundered.
    • Hire a maid service to clean your home one time, top to bottom.