I often blog on the subject of health and fitness, for example I did a series of blog entries that I called the Healthy Executive Series. Given that this is National Non-Smoking Week it seemed topical to blog about quitting smoking!
More than half the people who have ever smoked in Canada have quit … so you or someone you love can too!
Did you know…?
- More than 37,000 people will die prematurely this year in Canada due to tobacco use
- Unless they quit, up to half of all smokers will die from their smoking, most of them before their 70th birthday and only after years of suffering a reduced quality of life
- The average smoker will die about eight years earlier than a similar non-smoker
- There is strong scientific evidence that smoking is related to more than two dozen diseases and conditions. Some of these diseases and conditions include various forms of cancer, heart attacks, circulatory problems, tooth decay and gum disease
The Top 10 Reasons to Stop Smoking
- Better health. Improved health is the number one reason to quit smoking. As soon as you quit your body starts to heal itself.
- Better breathing. Smoking affects your breathing – the longer you smoke the harder it is to breathe.
- Personal appearance. Quitting will improve personal appearance by reducing bad breath, yellow teeth and fingers, and prematurely aging skin.
- Role model for children. Be a positive role model for your own children, and for everyone else’s children.
- No more second-hand smoke. If you quit smoking you will help protect your friends and family from the dangers of second-hand smoke.
- Better smell. When you quit smoking, your sense of smell will increase and everything will smell better – including yourself, your house and your car.
- Fewer places to smoke. With increased smoking restrictions in public places, including workplaces, there are fewer places to smoke these days.
- Smoking is expensive. You will save hundreds or thousands of dollars each year if you quit smoking.
- Smoking is a fire hazard.
- It is never too late to quit smoking. If you have tried to quit before, take this as a positive sign, not a failure. It often takes several quit attempts to quit for good – each time you try to quit smoking you are closer to your goal.
Keep trying to quit smoking – don’t get discouraged!
Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)