Thinking about how your quitting benefits the people you love can give you extra motivation to quit.
Quitting is hard, but you’re not just quitting for you, you’re quitting for your whole family. You’ll be surprised just how far-reaching the benefits can be.
1. Money, money, money
Let’s face it, cigarettes are expensive, and getting more and more expensive every year. With a cost of around $30 a pack, it quickly adds up. In fact, a pack-a-day smoker spends close to $11,000 a year just on cigarettes.*1 Imagine what else you could do with that money! A trip to the movies once a week, every week for the whole family, a dream holiday away, treating your partner to a romantic weekend. The possibilities are endless.
2. Keep up with the kids
Children have boundless energy, and the last thing you want is to struggle to keep up with them. Quitting can help. You’ll cough less and breathe easier,2 which you’ll probably notice the most when you are exercising or just mucking around with the kids. Your blood circulation will also improve, giving you more energy and making walking, running and chasing the little terrors much easier.2
3. Be a great role model
Becoming smoke-free makes you a great role model for your kids. They look up to you, follow you and learn from you. You are the best role model they have, and we all know that the ‘do as I say, not do as I do’ motto doesn’t work … especially where kids are concerned. It also shows them that quitting takes plenty of work, which may help to discourage them from ever smoking themselves.
4. Improve your love life
Nobody likes kissing an ashtray. Like it or not, smoking makes your breath smell, so quitting will make kissing more pleasant for your partner. It’s also been shown that non-smokers are three times more appealing to prospective partners than smokers.2
5. Breathe clean air
Passive smoking, or second-hand smoking is dangerous for the whole family. It can cause sudden unexpected death in infants and increase the risk of your kids developing respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia.2,3 If your partner isn’t a smoker, then it affects them too: passive smoking increases their risk of heart disease and lung cancer.2,3 By quitting, you are protecting the health of those you love most.
Your family and the people around you are a big part of what makes life great. Quitting smoking won’t be easy, but it will benefit everyone you care about.
You're up to 4x more likely to succeed in quitting with the help of a healthcare professional compared to quitting unaided.4 So, if you’ve committed to quitting, talk to your doctor to create a quit plan that will work for you and benefit your family in the long run.
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*Calculations are based on an average cost of $30.55 for a packet of 25 cigarettes as at March 2017. Prices between brands can vary. You can calculate your own cost of smoking at www.quit.org.au/tools/cost-smoking/
1. Tobaccoinaustralia.org.au. (2017). 13.3 The price of tobacco products in Australia – Tobacco In Australia. Available at: http://www.tobaccoinaustralia.org.au/13-3-the-price-of-tobacco-products-in-australia. Accessed 27 May 2019.
2. NHS. 10 health benefits of stopping smoking. Available at http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/smoking/Pages/Betterlives.aspx. Accessed 27 May 2019.
3. Better health channel. Passive smoking. Available at https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/passive-smoking. Accessed 27 May 2019.
4. West. R (2012) Stop smoking services; increased chances of quitting. NCSCT Briefing #8. London: National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training.