Need a motivator to help you quit smoking? Here is a COST CALCULATOR that shows the amount of money you will save based on your age, whether you have quit smoking or not, the cost per pack and the number of cigarettes smoked per day. Try this out to see what a difference quitting smoking can make or has made financially in your life and print it out to put somewhere you will see everyday as a reminder of one of the reasons why you should cut down or have quit smoking entirely. Even if you are not a smoker just seeing these numbers can deter you from smoking if you have been contemplating starting.
When you have calculated the amount you have or will save, think about what you could use that money for instead or find something to reward yourself with. Suggestion: use this money to save up in an account for a vacation.
When my grandfather quit smoking he called his account “Smoky the Bear” and saved up for a color TV since those were new at that time.
http://smokershelpline.ca/ Create an account for help and information from the Canadian Cancer Society or call 1 877 513-5333 to connect to the helpline.
LINK TO THE CALCULATOR:
http://www.cancer.ca/files/cw/calculator/cw_popup.html or http://www.cancer.ca/British%20Columbia-Yukon/Prevention/Quit%20smoking.aspx?sc_lang=en and click on the Cost of Smoking Calculator at the bottom of the page.
Did you know that improvements in your health start almost right away after you quit smoking? As soon as you stop smoking your body starts to cleanse itself of the tobacco poisons. These are some of the improvements you will experience:
Oxygen levels in your blood increase and carbon monoxide levels drop within 8 hours.
Your sense of smell and taste begin to improve after 2 days.
You’ll find it easier to breathe within 2 weeks to 3 months because your lungs are working better.
Coughing, sinus congestion, tiredness and shortness of breath improve within 6 months.
Your risk of a smoking-related heart attack is reduced by half after 1 year.
Here is a great site I came across from Australia that shows the health affects of smoking on all areas of the body. Check it out and let me know what aspects you were unaware of and what surprised you. http://www.quitnow.gov.au/internet/quitnow/publishing.nsf/Content/damage-lp