7 reasons to quit smoking and change your life
Major life events can provide powerful motivation to quit smoking and start a new phase in your life.1 Here are seven life events that might just provide you with the encouragement and inspiration to quit smoking – as well as the opportunity to change your life!
- You’ve fallen in love
You’re head over heels... but, your amour is not a smoker, and you know it’s not that pleasant for them when they lean in for a kiss. What a great reason to quit smoking. After all, you’ll smell and taste better, to say nothing of feeling healthier. You’ll avoid having nicotine-stained teeth2 and the prematurely wrinkled skin of a smoker.3 What a way to say ‘I love you’ to your new partner.
- You’re getting hitched
The big day is approaching and it’s the start of a whole new chapter in your life. Now is the time to set a date to quit and work towards it, so that you are smoke-free by the time your wedding day comes. Plus, you may start planning for a family soon, and being smoke-free is the ideal scenario when it comes to your fertility. If you're both smokers, quitting smoking together is a wonderful way to demonstrate your commitment to your future together.
- It’s your first day on a new job
Congratulations – you must have really impressed at your job interview. Landing a new role is a pretty empowering feeling and that makes it a great time to get a new start in other ways. You’ll want to give it your all and having to think about your next smoke break would be a big distraction from your work.
- You’re buying a house
There’s nothing quite like a new environment for starting a new phase of your life. You’re saving hard for a deposit and the savings associated with quitting could help speed up the process. Think about it this way: at today’s prices, if you smoke one pack of cigarettes a day for 10 years, you’ll spend almost $109,500 – that’s enough for a house deposit4*. And here’s another incentive to quit: your furnishings will remain fresh and smoke-free when you do get to move into your new home.
- You want to get fit
Starting a new exercise program or sport is a fabulous motivator to quit smoking. Set a quit date AND a date for a fun run, walk or to take up a new sport. Your heart and lungs will thank you – after all, amazing things happen to your body when you quit smoking. Make sure you check with your doctor first if you have any health problems or it's been a while since you've been physically active.
- You’ve had a health scare
You or someone close to you has had a recent health scare and you’ve promised yourself to put your health first – starting with quitting smoking. Use it as an opportunity to reflect on the good things you enjoy – and would like to continue enjoying – using those feelings to fully commit to the quit.
- You’re going on a holiday
Change is as good as a holiday, they say. How about a change – quitting smoking – AND a holiday? Once you’ve set the date for your break, start planning your quit date too. The change of environment and routine might be just what you need to finally go smoke-free.
So, if you have a major life event on the horizon, think about how you can make it even bigger and better by using it as a motivation to quit smoking. Then make an appointment with your doctor to see how they can support your big decision – after all, those who have their health professional's support are 4x more likely to quit compared to going it alone.5
Take the first step
The first step to quitting starts with a doctor. Find out how you can get the help you need.