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People quit smoking for many reasons. To increase your chances of quitting, identify your own reasons for wanting to give up smoking. Consider the reasons below ...

Regaining control

Do you ever feel as if your smoking controls you? Has your mood ever been rattled when you realise you’ve run out of cigarettes?

Many smokers who quit appreciate no longer having to make plans and compromises influenced by their smoking habits. When you quit, your time is more your own.

Often people who smoke become aware that they are not really choosing to smoke. When people regularly smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day, most will become addicted to nicotine. Nicotine levels drop every hour or so, so often the urge to smoke is about your body recognising that it needs another hit – this is another way smoking controls you.

Regaining control over smoking feels good. This in turn can make you feel more confident about tackling other positive goals and shifting to a healthier, happier lifestyle in other ways.

Freeing yourself from the hassles of smoking

Many smokers say they hate the dirty nature of smoking, even while still enjoying cigarettes. They say that it annoys them – the way their clothes, hair and skin smell, and their house and car too.

People who smoke sometimes feel uncomfortable smoking around nonsmoking family and friends or people they don’t know. Unwelcome disapproving looks or comments make them feel embarrassed or judged. Some smokers say they feel ashamed to be a smoker and try to keep it a secret. They also say how annoying it is to always have to make sure they have enough cigarettes with them or enough money to buy more if needed.

Quitting gives you the chance to break free from all of this negativity. Your teeth can be white again, your skin free of nicotine stains, you’ll smell and feel fresher and cleaner, as will your house and car.

Being a good role model

If you have children in your life you’re likely to be a role model. Quitting smoking sets a great example to people around you, reducing the chance that they will take up smoking themselves.

Talking with your children about how hard quitting is may make them think twice about taking up the habit themselves. As a nonsmoker you’ll also have more energy and stamina to play with your kids. You'll have more money to spend on them too.

Smoking kills one in four smokers in middle age. For many, this is the time when their kids are still growing up. Quitting now will increase your chances of being there as your children become adults and have children of their own.

Protecting others

The decision to quit smoking is a personal one -  you have to want to do it for yourself. It’s important, though, to remember that your smoking also affects those around you. A desire to protect loved ones from harmful smoke can be a good motivator to quit.

Children’s delicate airways can breathe in dangerous chemicals. These can come from cigarette smoke in the air but also from your clothes, hair and skin after you’ve smoked. It can be hard for parents (even with the best of intentions, who never smoke near their children) to fully protect them from the harmful effects of smoking.

The number one way to improve your own health and ensure the health of your family is to quit.

Quitting for surgery or with your doctor's advice

Your doctor is a good source of expert advice and information.

If you have health conditions that are caused, or aggravated, by smoking, your doctor will have recommended quitting.

Many smokers are forced to consider quitting because of upcoming surgery. Your surgeon is obliged to talk to you about the risks if you continue to smoke. There are lots of benefits to be gained by quitting for surgery, including lowered risk of complications, faster healing rates and faster recovery.