There is no doubt that smoking is an addictive practice that is hard to quit. Every day smokers are being bombarded with warnings of dangers to their health and overall wellbeing. Even still, the idea of quitting can be very challenging for even the toughest among us. The addictions are so powerful that only a small percentage of those who choose to quit are successful. The best chance of avoiding getting caught in this habit is to never start in the first place.
However, if you have started and are having trouble breaking the habit, the warnings about dangers to your own personal health may not motivate you enough then perhaps you will need to look at another reason to quit smoking. Perhaps you don’t realize it but smoking doesn’t just impact the smoker, it also has a very dire affect on your family members as well.
Of course, this is not a pleasant conversation to have with anyone, and when family is involved the situation can quickly become emotional. According to Dr. Daniel F. Seidman at Oprah.com,
In our culture, conversations about smoking and quitting have become even more uncomfortable than talking about sex or money. If one person in a family full of smokers is trying to quit, the conversation and negotiations can become even more fraught.
When one discovers that quitting is not easy, they tend to shut down and become very pessimistic about their prospects of success, but understanding what the habit can do to innocent family members could have enough of an impact.
The Physical Damage
When you smoke you compromise your cardio-respiratory system and are openly exposing it to dangerous carcinogens. But many people don’t realize that these risks also are passed on to your family as well. Imagine the impact that smoking can cause to a small child’s still developing lungs. Smoking and breathing toxins into the air is the equivalent of giving your two-year-old his own cigarette.
Your children will be more susceptible to respiratory diseases and infections that can affect the lungs and the heart. Chances of cancer, asthma, and chronic coughs are just some of the physical problems they will endure.
The Psychological Damage
Many people smoke more for the euphoric high they get from the nicotine rush, but remember whatever you’re experiencing your children and other family members will feel it too. Statistics show that children of smokers are more prone to become smokers themselves. Considering the powerful addiction that results from chronic smokers, it’s no wonder that children will eventually reach out to pick up the habit.
The Financial Damage
There is also the expense of the smoking habit. The money spent on smoking ultimately exposes your family to greater financial hazards. If your family is already dealing with financial problems, the money you spend on your habit could very well be used for more productive uses.
The idea that smoking is a personal decision is a fallacy that many smokers refer too. While it may be an individual’s personal choice to smoke and put their own health in danger, it is not a choice of the innocent family members that have to live with it. Children especially are vulnerable to the damages and hazards that second hand smoke can cause. According to WebMD,
Smoking affects your family in many ways. Passive smoking exposes them to many risks. If you don’t smoke, your children and partner will be healthier, your children will be less likely to become smokers themselves, and you yourself are more likely to be around to enjoy them.
Quitting smoking can change not only your life but that of everyone closest to you as well.