So when you've been smoking for many years, you may wonder why you should quit smoking. After all, it's been a long time that you've been smoking and you feel fine. Sure, the doctor tells you that you need to quit smoking but really, what does he know?
There are a ton of quit smoking treatments available, from nicotine gum and nicotine patches. You can also join support groups, quit cold turkey, and more.
But why should you, you wonder. You're an adult and you have health insurance. So who care if you keep smoking like a chimney?
Lots of people.
If you think that your continuing to smoke is no big deal, think again. It is a big deal and you need to quit smoking. Quit now.
Your health will suffer
Okay, so maybe you feel okay now. But be warned, at some point, your health will begin to suffer if you do not quit smoking. You may have breathing difficulties, you may have an increased chance of getting cancer, you may develop emphysema.
All of these are terrible diseases.
Do you really want to have your spouse and children have to take care of you in your dying days? Do you want your dying days to be in your 50s? Don't you want to dance at your child's wedding? These are all reasons for you to quit smoking.
As you keep smoking, you'll miss work time and lose sick time. Your insurance may not cover everything if you max out your benefits. And it's your family who is left holding the bill. Do you really want to risk mortgaging your children's future?
Think of how much anger and resentment they'll have toward you then.
Think of your family
If you don't quit smoking, you are putting your family on the hook to take care of you. Do you really want to have your children's young adulthood marred by taking care of an ill parent, one who has a preventable disease because you couldn't quit smoking?
Also, when your kids see you smoke, they think it's okay for them to smoke too. It doesn't matter that you might say they shouldn't smoke or that you should quit. They know what they see. They see you smoke so it must be okay for them to smoke.
Regardless of what you think of your own health risks, do you really want to see your children risk their own health? You are supposed to set a good example. If that means you quit smoking, then you should do
Don't expose them to second hand smoke and the associated health risks. As you can see, there are a number of reasons for you to quit smoking.
Consider your health and the example that you are setting for your children. Think about how you'll pay for healthcare and what your family will do if you can't. And what if you die early? Will your children be all right?
You may think that your smoking only affects you but it doesn't. It affects your whole family.