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9 Reasons Not To Smoke – Quiting for Your Children

by Jenn

We hear it all the time… Smoking is bad for you. If you don’t quit you’re going to die or end up with cancer.  I know it’s the truth, I could see how many would become “numb” to hearing about how horrible smoking is.  Really, it’s a horrible habit and smoker know it.  Many are struggling with quitting.

Rather thn focusing on why one should quit something, I want to share with you a few reasons parents should quit smoking.  Not only for health reasons, but others as well.  Anyone who has or does smoke knows that kicking the habit is hard and required willpower.  In the end that’s only half the battle, it’s longer term something you’ll deal with forever.  Now don’t let that scare you off, the word forever can be scary.  What are some reasons parents should quit smoking?  Here’s several reasons parents should quit smoking.

Health – I will not put too much focus on this, it is the most important reason, but also one that anyone who smokes has heard and thought about so many times it doesnt’ bother then anymore. 

Quitting the healing starts quickly – Did you know that it only takes 20 minutes for your body to start to feel some benefits of being smoke free.  Those benefits do nothing but continue to grow every week, day, hour, and second you’re smoke free.  So when you’re thinking about lighting up, remember one smoke can put you right back where you started.  Don’t do it!

Keeping your children smoke free – Keeping your child smoke free is important to most parents.  Even if you don’t smoke in the house it’s likely your children have been exposed to cigarette smoke. 

Most parents don’t want their children to pick up the habit – Did you know that children with parents that smoke are much more likely to pick up the habit? 

Get active with your kids – Most parents want to be there for their children, hand out with them, ride bikes, play games, toss the ball, maybe coach their sports team.  You want to be able to breath don’t you?

You want to be around – Most parents want to be there when their children graduate college, get married, have children, etc.  Why chance it, smoking isn’t worth a even chancing not being there for you children.

Kids get scared and worry – Most schools teach children about smoking cigarettes and tell them how bad it is and that it can even kill you.  I don’t know this for sure, but I am 90% sure most children get scared when they learn about smoking and know their parents smoke.  I say this because I was a child to a smoking mom and dad, it scared the hell out of me.

Because they asked you to – Most children will ask you to stop smoking.  There’s your reason it’s our job as parents to be there for our children.  They are asking they question because they care, they are scared, and because they want to know mom and/or dad is going to be around. 

You cannot smoke anywhere anymore anyway – There’s very little places that think about smokers anymore.  If you decide to take a family vacation, there’s very little places that allow smoking.  Smoking sections have become less and less.

In the end we all know smoking is bad for us, and I do understand how hard it is to kick the habit.  There’s 10,000 reasons not to smoke and not one good reason to smoke.

Have you ever thought about kicking the habit using and E-Cigarette?  Have you even heard of an Electronic Cigarette (e-cigarette)?  You can learn about it at ECirgarettes365.com.  They have videos, testimonials, brand overview, user rating and reviews, and E-Cigarette Review – Why They Work. 

According to a survey conducted in October of 2012 by the electronic cigarette review website eCigarettes365.com found that 92% of users feel better and that they have the support of their friends and families. 74% of vapor cigarette users also stated that the switch saves them money over buying traditional tobacco cigarettes. The findings of this survey are also supported by many testimonials posted by visitors of the review website.

I have never tried the Electric Cigarette, but it sounds pretty awesome.  It’s a battery oprated device that allows people to inhale and exhale a vapor nicotine  The tip of the E-Cigarette has an LED light which simulates a glow.  When you smoke the E-Cigarette you’re inhaling and exhaling vapor rather than smoke.  The vapor delivers nicotine that your body is craving, and the E-Cigarette is much like a traditional cigarette to you feel as if you’re smoking too.  They also offer different flavors of e-cigarettes.

Whether you are working to quit smoking or looking for an alternative to smoking you’re going to save money for sure.  BIG money, cigarettes are not cheap.  E-Cigarettes cost about $6 – $10 and can last as long as 1 pack of traditional cigarettes. 

If you’ve tried everything with no success you might want to give the e-cigarette a try.  You can find a wealth of information at ECigarette365.com.  They have tons of reviews, ratings, and brand comparing, as well as buying information.  Even if you don’t completely stop smoking with the e-cigarette it could be a nice starts and worth trying.  You never know where something can take you until you give it an honest try. 

If you want to learn more about the Electronic Cigarette be sure to check out ECigarette365.com.

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39 comments

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Amy Peschel February 7, 2013 - 8:02 pm

Luckily I never picked this habit up.

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Fee (Phyllis) Roberts February 8, 2013 - 9:16 am

Unfortunately I smoke and it’s so hard to quit. I’ve tried so many times with no success. I’ll do good for about 3 days then I start having withdrawals. The symptoms are so bad that I lose appetite, focus at work and severe headaches. Strange but true. I ordered an E-cigarette kit last night. It’s the only thing that I haven’t tried. Wish me luck because I’m going to need it!

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Jenn February 9, 2013 - 5:21 pm

Good luck… I sure hope it helps I know smoking is a hard one to kick.. but you can do it!

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bella February 18, 2013 - 2:02 am

I after put my mind to it and i will be able to do it .Thank you I will try.

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Beth February 10, 2013 - 8:40 am

thankful i have never smoked i can imagine it is a tough habit to quit. wish well all who go through that. keep the faith! ( :

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Meka February 10, 2013 - 12:50 pm

I switched to e-cigs last year, I was so tired of the smell and not being able to breath cause regular cigs messed with my allergies. I can walk around the block now without getting winded!

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natalie nichols February 10, 2013 - 3:09 pm

I was a smoker for 10 years. I smoked more than a pack a day. I quit 1 year ago and it was probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. Personally though, I think it’s bad advice to suggest swapping one addiction for another. It is especially worrisome because E-cigarettes use water vapor to heat up nicotine,which is then inhaled. Health experts are wary of this because we are unsure of what the effects will be. I guess only time will tell. Regulatory agencies are starting to set action to illegalize E-cigarettes until the proper amount of research can be done. Scary.
Just quit completely! Don’t replace it with another dangerous addiction. It is harder at first but end the end you will feel freed, knowing that you don’t depend on an addiction for your happiness or contentment.

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denise smith February 10, 2013 - 7:10 pm

my father-in-law smokes we have been tring to get him to stop smoking i will show him this post

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Terri February 10, 2013 - 7:51 pm

Great reasons to quit!!! My last cig was just over 3 years ago!

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Mary Gallardo February 11, 2013 - 1:19 am

It is really really hard to quit. I have tried numerous times, but it has become like brushing my teeth in the morning or getting dressed everyday. It is such an overwhelming habit to kick. Once again, I am trying and the funny thing that helps me forget about my cravings just a little bit is entering giveaways. It takes up some time, so I can distract myself. So, thanks for the help! =)

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terri tillman February 11, 2013 - 1:59 pm

i am so lucky. when i quit back in the early 90’s i was able to just put them down and that was it. i feel for those who struggle to quit. it is just like stopping any addictive habit. even over eating. which i can relate to. my daughter smokes…only a couple cigs a day, but still. i would love to see her quit. i have asked her if she is interested in the electric cigarette but she said she cant afford it. what?? really??

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Chantal H. February 13, 2013 - 3:42 am

Quitting five years ago, almost 6 now, was one of the best things i have ever done, not just for any future kids i may have, but for my own health and the health of my husband. I couldn’t forgive myself if I knew a nasty habit of mine contributed to the death of my husband or future child.

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Jessica Houston February 13, 2013 - 6:48 pm

I need to show this to my mom!

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darlene bohannon February 16, 2013 - 9:13 am

ive been trying to quit smoking ,it is a struggle,but i will keep trying until i do. all of the 9 reasons you posted are words to live by.i will use them as my encouragement. thank you

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tami s February 16, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Started taking Chantix–terrible nausea bu hoping it will get better!

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ANN*H February 16, 2013 - 8:42 pm

I never smoked but all my kids did or do. I dont like to see anyone smoke around kids . Second hand smoke is just as dangerous. It is bad for you and so so costly. Dont start ever then you wont have to worry about trying to stop later on. I hate the smell of clothes or people homes when you can smell the stinky cigarette smell on them. There is no smoking in my house

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Becky Davis February 16, 2013 - 10:58 pm

My kids convinced their dad to stop smoking after he had been smoking for years. I’ve never smoked.

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Sylvia Zajis February 16, 2013 - 11:28 pm

I recently bought Vaporizers for myself and my spouse to try to quit smoking. I have smoked for 23 years and am ready to quit the habit but man is it hard!! My children have asked me to quit and the Vaporizer does help a lot but it is not exactly the same as smoking. I am going to continue my efforts to quit and hope that it gets a bit easier each day.

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Renata S February 17, 2013 - 6:59 pm

I’m trying to quit, but never used the electronic cigarette.
It might work.
All I could do is avoid smoking for five days, and then I started again. I feel terrible.

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Valarie Lee Gentry February 17, 2013 - 10:25 pm

I am a smoker and it’s very hard to quit! I do think about my daughter and I wish I had the willpower to quit smoking. I have tried to stop smoking and have been unsuccessful so far. I have heard of Ecigarette but have never tried them. I will look into this!

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Danielle Whitfield February 18, 2013 - 8:38 pm

I so quit over a year and a half ago, but my husband is still stuck on the blu electronic cigarette. Lets hope he gives it up soon, because it costs more than the cigarettes did.

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wendy mastin February 19, 2013 - 6:08 pm

Quitting smoking for your children will be one of the greatest things that a parent can do for their child. I work in a school and I feel so sorry for the kids who smell like cigarette smoke. If their clothing smells that bad, what doe their lungs look like.

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Sam Dock February 20, 2013 - 10:16 am

Ive never been a smoker, but I cant stand it when I see others smoking around their kids!

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Maria Iemma February 20, 2013 - 11:33 am

I never smoked but my husband did and when I got pregnant he quit – cold turkey. It is a sacrifice he made for our child and I always admired him for his love and determination.

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Dawn Justice February 20, 2013 - 11:42 am

I’ve been trying to quit for a few years now. I have set my son’s birthday as my quit date :). He hasn’t asked me to quit smoking (I don’t smoke in the house for one). But, if he ever did that would be the day I would drop them and never turn back. I hate smoking anyway, I hate how it makes me feel, I hate how it tastes…its a stupid bad habit and its hard to quit when their are others around you smoke too.

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Catherine S February 20, 2013 - 2:10 pm

I’m glad smoking is on the wane. I grew up with smoke being blown in my face 24/7!

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Rebecca Wood February 20, 2013 - 7:19 pm

I’ve been a smoker for four years, unfortunately, and am in the process of quitting now as we are soon to be ttc! I’m having the hardest time convincing my fiance to quit too, and maybe if I could get him to switch to an E-cig it would be easier for him. I’m definitely gonna talk to him about it!

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Amanda Greene-Lebeck February 21, 2013 - 12:51 am

Awesome article. So true too. Wish more people thought like this 🙂

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Alyson L February 21, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Maybe if I print this and share it with my friend it will help convince her!

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lisa February 21, 2013 - 6:01 pm

That’s a tough one to quit. If for no other reason quitting for the children sets a good example.

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Jayme Hennessy February 22, 2013 - 2:58 am

Thank you for writing on a very controversial subject. I am of the mind that a parent who chooses to subject their child to uninvited second hand smoke should be arrested for child endangerment and attempted manslaughter. Smoking is that dangerous for children.

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Pam B. February 25, 2013 - 4:52 pm

I smoked for a few years but quit when i got pregnant with our 2nd child. No one knew it was bad for pregnant women or anything about 2nd hand smoke when I was pregnant with our 1st child. I haven’t smoked since. I do however have a friend with 2 children who smokes a lot. She smokes in her bedroom with her door shut to “keep it away from the kids” She tells me she wants to quit, but she always finds a reason not to. (Usually stress) She has such a network of family and friends that want to help…. I know it is hard, but if I can do it, anyone can.
I hope that anyone reading here who wants to quit, will use their network of family, friends and their doctor would love to help. Also. my son smoked for years. He recently quit using Chantix. Believe it or not, it even helped him quit drinking. You really have an informative post here and I am sure it will wake a few people.

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Crystal Warren February 26, 2013 - 3:55 am

My husband wants to try the ECigs. He really needs to quit smoking and he’s tried before and didn’t succeed. I’m going to look into these thanks for the website.

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carla bonesteel February 26, 2013 - 12:33 pm

I need to quit…for myself…I don’t have the motivation of kids asking me to quit, but I feel that my life and health is just as important as a parent’s…

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md kennedy March 3, 2013 - 4:00 pm

You’re arguments are very convincing, and you pretty much voered everything. You’d think that’d be enough to make anyone quit, but I know it is tough. My husband had to quit and it took him three tries. And he gained 50 pounds. It was incredibly difficult.

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MrsD March 4, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Quitting smoking is hard. Very hard. But it’s possible. I smoked. I enjoyed – no, LOVED – smoking. I loved the taste, the rhythm, the feel, the EVERYTHING! When people told me I should quit, I blew them off. Who were they to tell me what to do? Why my children asked me to quit, I told them they could dictate what I did when they started paying my bills. I was determined to smoke. Then my mother died of lung cancer. Then my beloved mother-in-law got (and eventually died of) throat cancer. Yes. Both were smokers. I was present throughout each of their illnesses and at their deaths. Now, I’m hard headed and I loved smoking, but even I got the message. It was time to quit. It took me 6 months and nicotine patches, but I did it and I’ve been smoke free for almost 16 years. It CAN be done!

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lisa March 10, 2013 - 5:25 pm

I wish I would’ve quit when the kids were young. They both smoke. Hopefully they can quit for their kids.

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md kennedy March 17, 2013 - 1:36 am

It took my husband three tries to quit, and then finally almost 12 years ago he quit cold turkey. It was HARD. The hardest thing he’s ever done I believe. Now I wish his daughter would quit – I don’t know if she’s used these but I will ask her, for sure!

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Becky Schollian June 10, 2013 - 3:19 pm

Love this post Jenn!! I am a smoker and have tried to quit many times through out the years. I even tried Chantix twice with n o luck..UGH!! Due to my G’son developing Asthma it was crucial to quit. I started using Blu electronic cigarettes and I have to say they are fantastic!!

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