FOUR SOCIAL REASONS YOU SHOULD NOT SMOKE

 FOUR SOCIAL REASONS YOU SHOULD NOT SMOKE

If lung cancer is not a good enough deterrent and if you still feel the need to light up, try our four top social reasons which should make you think twice the next time you reach for a cigarette. After all, you most likely began smoking for social reasons; why not see if they can make you quit too?

Status

Smoking used to be cool once, but not any more. If anything, the habit is frowned upon today in almost all societies, thanks to the worldwide campaign against cigarettes by governments. Years of emotional advertising on packaging and multiplexes seems to be finally driving home. Today, if you’re a smoker, the only people who will sympathise with you are other smokers. Everyone else will either tolerate you or say it in on your face that you’re not wanted.

An example for kids

The biggest reason you may want to quit smoking is because you wish not to be a bad example for your children. Let’s face it, most smokers get introduced to the habit at home, as a direct result of watching parents and siblings. If you want your children to grow up smoke-free, the easiest way of doing it is to become smoke-free yourself. Whatever you do, don’t take lecture them about the ills of smoking with a lit cigarette in your hand. Kids can smell hypocrisy from a mile away.

Hurting those you love most

If you’re a smoker, it’s hard for you to get a date anyway, because many studies have proven that people of both genders prefer non-smokers as mates. But say you lucked out and have found a significant other, would you want to be guilty of causing him or her health damage due to second-hand smoking? You’re liable to hurt those you love most, and even if they don’t complain and put up with it, you should ask yourself if it’s worth it.

It’s expensive to smoke

No matter how you cut it, you will spend a bomb over the years to fund your smoking habit. Why not put your child through college instead? Or secure for yourself and for your spouse a comfortable retirement with the money?

Sharath Komarraju

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