So how about a bit of balance here? My client Justin talks here about exactly why they are quitting smoking Justin, over to you!
You are going to read a lot of scientific data on why you should quit smoking. Open up any medical journal and you can find a study; click on a website and you'll read the &75 Reasons Smoking Will Kill You All of those are good motivation and worth a read if you want to scare yourself, but they are not the reason why I am quitting smoking. Sure, I want to live a long life, and I get tired of having to catch my breath when I go up a flight of stairs, but frankly, I am still in good health and my doctor says that he can't see a lot of ill effects of my habit yet. No, the reason why I want to quit smoking is that I am tired of it. I am tired of smelling like smoke, I am tired of always craving a cigarette every freaking time I go outside, and I am tired of having to spend £7 on a pack of twenty. I am just tired of it.
Call me a quitting hero..
Look, it is heroic to say that you are going to quit because you need to save your life and stuff like that, but the fact is that, as a smoker, there just hits a point where you have to make a choice. Smoking when you are in your 20's and always on the go can still be chalked up to social conventions and part of the “stuff “that young people do. Smoking in your 30's and 40's? Well, that just means that you are a smoker. There is nothing sexy about a 40 year old that smokes, and while smoking outside a club may lead to a fun conversation, smoking outside of a PTA meeting won't. There isn't even a really great story attached to me quitting smoking. In the movies, it is someone looking in the mirror and questioning their whole sense of being, or a false-positive on a lung cancer test, or a child saying that they want their parent to stop because “they don't want them to die.” Unfortunately, if they ever want to make a movie of my life, it wasn't that dramatic, I simply just decided one day I was going to try giving up smoking.
Is giving up smoking going to lead to (hopefully) a longer life for me? According to the info that is out there, yes it will. Will it lead to better fitness and a stronger body? That is in the info. Also, it is supposed to make things taste better, which is a good thing, considering that, well, I like taste. These are all great things, and in retrospect all great reasons to quit smoking, the problem is they didn't factor into my decision, at least at the time. I just didn't want to be a smoker when my kids are old enough to want to bum cigarettes off of more, or to have a voice that sounds like Lunchlady Doris from The Simpsons. Maybe these are all less than stellar reasons why I'm quitting smoking, but in the end, dammit, they are my reasons and I embrace them.