What do you want to gain from quitting? Check off some reasons to quit.
___ Improve my ability to breathe without coughing or shortness of breath
___ Reduce my risk of lung cancer, heart disease, chronic lung disease
___ Have fewer wrinkles and softer skin
___ Improve my sense of taste and smell
___ For pregnant women—reduce the risk of having a miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, or low-birth-weight baby
___ Feel more in control of my life
___ Have better-smelling hair, breath, clothes, home, and car
___ Save time by not having to take smoke breaks, buy cigarettes, or hunt for a light
___ Have whiter teeth
___ Reduce my children’s respiratory tract infections
___ Set a good example for my children
___ Reduce my family’s cancer risk
___ Save hundreds of dollars each year that would be spent on cigarettes
___ Save money on medical bills
___ Save on life, health, and car insurance premiums
Cigarettes are expensive, and getting more expensive all the time. Do you realize how much money you are spending on cigarettes per year? What is the average amount you spend on a pack of cigarettes? What is the average number of packs that you smoke per day? Using your answers to these questions, fill in this formula to help you find out:
($ _____ per pack) ×
( _____ number of packs per day) × (365 days) =
$ _____ yearly cost of smoking
Besides tobacco, there are other costs, including extra cleaning bills and replacement costs for clothing and furniture; medical expenses for smoking-related illnesses; and higher health, life, and car insurance premiums.
Cigars and pipes are also dangerous. So are smokeless (chewing) tobacco and snuff. All of these products contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance that has harmful effects on your body. Quitting smoking means giving up all tobacco products.
National Cancer Institute Smoking Quitline: 877-44U-QUIT (877-448-7848)