10 Benefits of Quitting Smoking

Looking for some inspiration to finally kick butt? If you’re young, fabulous, you smoke and you hate it then read on…

There’s nothing worse than when someone tells you to stop doing something, right? In fact, it’s human nature to do whatever it is that you’ve been told not to do twice as much as you did before. That’s why if you’re a smoker but you want to give up then you need to decide why you want to quit. Here are some benefits you’ll experience as a non-smoker to get you thinking?

BENEFIT 1: You’ll have a glowing complexion, clearer eyes plus will get rid of tar stains on your fingers and teeth.

BENEFIT 2: You’ll have better taste buds – will be able to really enjoy a crisp Chardonnay, delicious mangos and lets face it – you’ll also be much more kissable with lovely fresh breath.

BENEFIT 3: You’ll save a massive wad of cash. If you smoke a pack a day you’ll save roughly $4,000 a year. That’s enough for a new designer wardrobe or a fun-filled overseas holiday every year for the rest of your life.

BENEFIT 4: It’ll be one of the best things you’ll ever do for your looks. Most smokers get heaps of unattractive wrinkles around their eyes and mouths plus their skin develops a decidedly ‘grey’ pallor. Smoking also damages the skin’s elastic fibres and causes it to sag – which let’s fact it, isn’t terribly attractive.

BENEFIT 5: You could increase you chances of finding Mr Right. Many non-smoking men (and reformed male smokers) find smoking a complete turn-off. If you’re single you could be unwittingly ruining your chances of finding your perfect guy as over 70 percent of men don’t smoke.

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10 Benefits of Quitting Smoking – (Contd)

BENEFIT 6: You’ll have a chance to increase your fitness. When you smoke there’s a reduced amount of oxygen in the blood so it is harder for smokers to exercise. So, if you give up the fags this could be the summer you really get into shape – look great and feel fabulous!BENEFIT 7: If you want to have kids one day you can save yourself and your unborn child from complications during pregnancy, you can decrease your chances of miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, your child developing asthma and many other complications. Smoking also reduces fertility in men and women.

BENEFIT 8: You’ll decrease your risk of developing cancer or other smoking related diseases. Did you know that if you’re on the contraceptive pill and you smoke then you’re increasing your risk of heart attack by a factor of ten? (Source: Heart Foundation) Scary stuff, huh?!

BENEFIT 9: You can use quitting smoking to kick-start your new life – revamping you body and your whole life. Get your teeth professionally cleaned, donate old clothes you haven’t worn in years to charity and get a fab new hair-do for summer.

BENEFIT 10: You’ll get a feeling of ultimate control – if you can quit this habit for good, you’ll feel like you can do anything.

Remember you control your destiny and you do have the power to change your life. Good luck!

Quit For Chicks

With a foreword by supermodel Sarah O’ Hare (who gave up for good in August 2001) and advice from Dr Cindy Pan, Quit for Chicks is hot pink, easily fits into your hand-bag, cost less than a packet of cigarettes and answers the questions you’ll face when you do give up, like: Will I put on weight? What will happen to my social life? Will it be worth it? And, most importantly: how do I stop? Quit for Chicks by former health editor Kathy Buchanan, Penguin, RRP $9.95 is available in all good book stores.

October 7, 2003