You want to quit smoking. But sometimes it's hard to get your mind around the benefits of why you're putting yourself through the difficulties of kicking your nicotine addiction habit.
Sure, you know you will probably live longer, but when you are craving that cigarette, it really doesn't help you get through the craving. Next time you have a craving, here are some things to think about that are positive and will help you realize there are lots of good reasons right now not to give in to your craving!!
- The carbon monoxide in your blood drops to normal allowing more oxygen to circulate through your body. This can result in more energy.
- Blood pressure and pulse return to a normal level for you.
- The temperature of your hands and feet increase to normal.
- No more burning eyes from smoke getting in them.
- Food tastes better.
- Your sense of smell increases.
- Your breathing is easier. You don't get short of breath walking up the stairs.
- You are coughing less.
- Your clothes don't smell.
- Your hair and skin doesn't smell like stale tobacco smoke.
- You save money.
- You feel better about yourself knowing you quit smoking and are overcoming your nicotine addiction.
- You are no longer exiled to the smoking section of a restaurant.
- People don't swish their hands about their faces as they sit with you, or pass you by, because of your cigarette smoke.
- No more feeling ruled by the need to smoke a cigarette.
- You have more time to do things now that you don't stop to smoke.
- You don't have to see the fear in your child's eyes when they watch you smoke cigarettes because, young as they are, they know the dangers.
- No more fears of falling asleep while smoking.
- You are more "kissable," with fresh tasting lips!
- You don't have to empty smelly, overflowing ashtrays.
- Your house smells better.
- Your car smells better.
- No more burn holes in clothing or upholstery.
- No more lost burning cigarette tips while driving your car!
- No more tar build up on windows and furniture.
For more information about any cancer concern, contact:
Cancer Information Service
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
UI Hospitals and Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive, 4802 JPP
Iowa City, Iowa 52242