Stop smoking? The age old blog post is back again! With Stoptober nearing, more of the worlds smokers will be trying to quit for the month as the fashionable way to break the worlds worst habit starts again.
But our theory is: why wait until then? Why not stop smoking now? Millions of people have stopped already, and here are some of the benefits they are enjoying, proving the grass really is greener on the other side.
1. Bad breath, bad habits
Like most of us, if you started smoking in your teens without knowing or caring about the risks, you had the attitude “it won’t happen to me”. Becayse of that, you may have overlooked some of the less obvious points why you should quit.
Everyone older and wiser at that time would have told you, “it causes cancer”, and “your lungs will never be the same again”. But did anyone say that even though you think you look cool now, your social status will drop dramatically in the future? Bad teeth coupled with bad breath are two things you do not want to live with, and funnily enough, no one wants to live around either. Oral hygiene is important as once damaged, you do not get a second chance. Gum disease can be painful and having to stare at yellow and brown teeth at a party is just as bad. Everyone remembers that one school teacher with horrid teeth and acid breath. Just ask yourself, do you want to be that guy?
2. Hair Loss, will it grow on you?
People each year spend millions on haircuts, hair extensions and for men, beard trims. Why would we spend all that money to make our hair look great, and then diminish that by smoking? By not quitting smoking, that’s like buying a bike and only peddling backwards. Whilst I have no worry of this as I have been cigarette free for almost 4 years, my hair is and has remained like dog hair to this day; thick and showing no signs of going anywhere. However, I know for sure going bald would be up there on my list of big negatives regarding smoking.
Many of the chemicals found in cigarettes damage your hair follicles and cause premature hair thinning. In fact, a 2007 study found that men who smoke are twice as likely to go bald as nonsmoking men. If you stop smoking, it increases the blood flow to your hair follicles, which may result in hair regrowth or thicker hair.
3. Of course, Money
Last on my list is money. Now if you founded X.com, own Tesla and multiple other companies and have a net worth of 22 billion you may not find this a problem. As for the rest of us mortals, you may want to pay attention to this one. If there was one reason alone to make you quit smoking, it should be money. As materialistic as it may be, we as people care more about money than health. We make ourselves ill chasing it, it controls our lives and without it, you cannot get the correct help needed when you are ill. Vicious circle, I know – but its the truth.
I hear so many people say ‘I cant afford one of those’ or ‘that’s ridiculous money’. They usually say this whilst stood with a premium cig in their hand. I used to smoke Lambert and Butler silvers, £10 a pack in Tesco’s now and I smoked 20 a day. For quick math, that’s £300 a month
With that in mind, if you stop smoking, you could save £3600 a year. But no one likes saving, and the percentage of people that stop smoking to actually store that money away for a long time, is minuscule. So, here is a list of things you could do with it, just from one year of not smoking:
- Fly on an around the world trip 4 times with change.
- See a new film at the cinema every single day of the year
- Buy yourself a state of the art drone and get your other half the new sofa they want.
- My personal favourite, invest! You could easily invest the money into something that would fortify your future!
And if you don’t want to wait a year, here’s the short term, in one month if you stop smoking you could buy:
- A 49′ Smart TV and a £60 shop at Tesco
- An Xbox one/PS4
- A Holiday to Greece for one!
- Lease a Tesla Model 3 (monthly cost)
- Eat out 10 times a month!
- Buy a gym membership
- Buy a personal training plan and get yourself in shape
That wraps up the blog post ending on money, I tried to put a slightly different spin on this. The health benefits have been hammered for years and years and it doesn’t seem to persuade many people at all. We are simple creatures and we care most about the things we have, what we can see and how we look.
Make the change now, for money, for your teeth and your hair! No one wants to be a broke bald guy with bad breath! Stop smoking now.