Making the decision to quit is an important life changing
decision for anybody. Quitting smoking involves changing any
existing beliefs that you may have about smoking and accepting
information about the health effects of smoking.
As a smoker you may feel that although there are many advantages
to quitting there are also several disadvantages. In order
to make the decision to quit the advantages must outweigh
the disadvantages. By making the decision to quit:
Your health will improve and you will have more energy
to keep up with your kids.
You reduce the risk of developing asthma, cancer, heart
disease and other illnesses.
You will have more money. If you used to smoke 20 cigarettes
a day you will save around $2 550 in a year.
Once you have made the decision to quit there are several
stages involved in the journey from being a smoker to a non-smoker.
Once you are aware that a problem exists and are seriously
considering quitting you may remain in this stage for a long
period of time. It could take a while before you are ready
to start changing your environment and your behaviour to become
Before attempting to quit smoking it would be a good idea
to think about the times and situations that you are most
likely to be tempted to have a cigarette and work out a plan
of how you can avoid these situations.
There are many immediate health benefits of giving up smoking
and once you have made the decision to quit it is a good idea
to call the Quitline on 131 848 and ask for your own Quit
Kit or visit www.quitwa.com.
Reading the quit resources can be the first step in making
the decision to become a non smoker.
Once you have made the decision to quit choose an approach
that will work for you.