Certainly, when anyone stops smoking there are a wealth of physical benefits that come along with this healthy lifestyle choice. According to the Australian Government Department of Health, after just 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your heart rate will slow down and your blood pressure will decrease. Within a week, your lungs will start the natural cleansing process and within 2 to 5 years, your risk of heart attack or stroke due to smoking is dramatically decreased.
Well-being and Quitting Smoking go hand-in-hand for a number of other reasons also; that is, there is a radical change to your overall well-being, which is beneficial to many other areas of your life - not just your physical or medical health. Well-being is defined as:
"the general condition of an individual or group, including their social, economic, psychological, spiritual or medical state; a high level of well-being means in some sense the individual or group's condition is positive, while low well-being is associated with negative happenings."
Economic Benefits When You Quit Smoking
One of the best incentives when you decide to quit smoking is to look at the financial benefits that will certainly be gained, especially over many years. It is quite easy to find an online calculator to determine exactly how much you have spent on cigarettes, and how much money you will be out of, when you consider smoking for your entire adult life.
A reasonable cost estimate of smoking is approximately $4,000 annually (10 cigarettes per day). Imagine what you could do with $40,000 in 10 years time! Yet, one must also consider the economic impact on lower life and health insurance plans, the reduction in medical and dental bills, and the increased resale value of homes and cars that have not been smoked in.
Social Impact of Being a Smoker
For good reason, there is a huge social movement to shed light on the effects of second-hand smoke on the environment, children, and on our local community. This new trend goes beyond simply snubbing the smoker because of the irritating smell of burning tobacco, but proponents are demanding that we 'clear the air' from second-hand smoke. The unborn fetus, babies, children, and the elderly are being diagnosed with respiratory issues directly linked to second-hand smoke in their enviroment. SIDS, asthma, respiratory tract infections, and childhood cancers are all at a higher reported level in those surrounded by smokers.
Restaurants, shopping centres, and other neighbourhood establishments claim that much money is spent on cleaning up after smokers, including stained walls and furnishings. And consider the discarded butts (made of cellulose acetate) that are affecting our wildlife and seafood. While the smoker rarely thinks about the environmental impact of smoking, much research has proven the negative environmental effects of years of tobacco farming, manufacturing, and end-use are far-reaching.
As a smoker, you many well be labelled as 'earth-unfriendly'. Tobacco crops are regularly and heavily sprayed for pests and disease, chemicals which eventually leak into the community water supply. It is also a crop that robs the soil of nutrients faster than many other crops - the result is 'deforestation' because tobacco farmers eventually have to find more fertile soil for growing tobacco.
Psychological Dependence as a Smoking Factor
Everyone agrees that an unhealthy dependence on an unhealthy substance is a definite contributor to mental and emotional stress. The inability to stop smoking is often hampered by automatic behaviours that have been ingrained over many years, even when the desire to stop smoking is great and the consequences are even greater.
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