If you smoke, you’ve surely been told by countless friends, family members, and doctors to quit smoking. Well, many of us know that is easier said than done. If you would like to quit smoking but need a few tips or some motivation to help you achieve your goal, here are the top five reasons to quit smoking from an emotional standpoint.
1. Quit smoking for yourself and a longer, healthier life. You’ll live longer. You’ll have fewer health problems and fewer potential complications and risk factors. It’s a win-win.
2. Quit smoking for your children. No one wants to bury a parent, so don’t up the odds for your own kids. If you don’t have kids yet, quit for your future children – stay in their lives as long as you can.
3. Quit smoking for your daughter’s wedding (or your son’s wedding). You want to be around for it, don’t you?
4. Quit smoking for your first grandchild — and your last. My grandpop died from lung cancer when I was seven years old. He didn’t even get to meet my baby sister or my baby brother who arrived three years later.
5. Quit smoking for the health and the lives of those around you. Secondhand smoke has very detrimental effects on those around you. Minimize the health problems of the ones you love by not exposing them to unhealthy secondhand smoke.
Try to think about the lives of the ones you love, and how they want you in their lives for as long as they can have you. Don’t cut that timeline short because of cigarettes. Give up smoking to extend the time you have with your family and friends.