There are literally dozens, if not more, reasons to quit smoking for health reasons. Leaving the sticks behind can help your memory from being compromised, keep your brain from “rotting”, lower your blood pressure, decrease your chances of cancer and so on and so forth. But there are also quite a few social incentives for breaking the habit which can affect your mental well-being considerably if you’re one of the millions of people who are presently addicted to cigarettes.
I don’t say this as somebody simply trying to rant towards you about the dangers of cigarettes. In fact, as the title of this article suggests, I am an almost ex-smoker. I smoked cigarettes consistently all through college as well as afterward. It wasn’t that I wanted to “fit in” (fortunately, my life isn’t some after school special); in fact, I thoroughly enjoyed my habit for the most part despite knowing the health risks. However, over the past year, I increasingly realized the need to quit for several reasons, including many social ones. I would be misrepresenting myself if I called myself an absolute ex-smoker, as I have had a cigarette once in a while (i.e. once 2 – 3 months or so) since stopping my day-to-day use, but these days I am simply telling myself “no” entirely.
Some of these will seem obvious, but they are significant nonetheless and have, at one point or another, affected a social part of my life in the last five years. In the event that pictures of black lungs and blood clots don’t deter you, perhaps these lifestyle benefits of quitting smoking might encourage you to stop at least a little bit.
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