Signs It’s Time to Quit Smoking

The effect that smoking has on our health is no great secret. Still, many smokers remain unaware of how much their daily habit is costing them, both financially and physically.

If you feel that your health is beginning to deteriorate, or you look older than your years, it might be time to think about stopping smoking. Remember, you don’t have to go cold turkey. These days, there are many safer alternatives to cigarettes that will still address your addiction, just with fewer health implications.

Here are five signs it’s time to quit smoking.


You Have Heartburn/Acid Reflux.


Heartburn and acid reflux can be signs of more than just a heavy meal. Smoking cigarettes can slow down the rate that your food digests, which also prolongs the time the acid is in your stomach, hence the reflux and heartburn. Over time, this can lead to stomach ulcers, which can be dangerous. Regular bouts of indigestion could be the first sign that something is amiss.

If you experience frequent heartburn, speak to your doctor about your symptoms and get yourself acquainted with the various nicotine alternatives. You might want to try nicotine patches, gum or e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are particularly trendy right now. This website has some great starter kits for new vapers, as well as e-liquids and refills to keep you topped up.


Persistent Cough/ Sore Throat


Coughs are triggered by excess particles in the respiratory system. When you smoke, the cilia (the small hairs in your throat and esophagus that fight off infection) don’t work as efficiently. This is why phlegm is expelled through coughing, hence the term, “smoker’s cough.” Over time, this cough will get more persistent and severe. Be sure to consult your doctor if your cough doesn’t go away, or if your phlegm turns black or green.



A chain smoker is someone who smokes one cigarette after another, getting through a pack or more a day. You may not consider yourself a chain-smoker, but it’s easy to let the habit creep up on you without fully grasping the extent of your addiction. If you’re regularly going outside for cigarette breaks at work, or you find yourself overcome with cravings when you’re traveling, it may be time to cut down.


You’re Draining Your Bank Balance


According to The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans spend $80 billion on cigarettes per year, with the average smoker dolling out $70 a week to fund their habit. This amount of money is bound to make a significant dent in your bank balance, so try to see it as a motivation tool. Tell yourself that if you give up smoking for a full month, you’ll have saved approximately $280 toward a new car, a holiday or the new pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing.


Is It Time to Quit?


If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be to curb your cigarette habit and start to look after your health. Don’t ignore the signs. Instead, speak to your doctor about an alternative treatment route, and enjoy better health and more money in your pocket as a result.


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  1. Smoking is a terribly unhealthy and “Expensive” habit. Here in Australia, a packet of cigarettes costs near enough to One Dollar per smoke (So much Government Tax) so it is almost like you are forced to pay a high price on two levels in order to smoke.

    (1) The high price on your health
    (2) The high price on your wallet or purse

    Smoking can really reduce your length of life, but also your quality of life.

    If you are a smoker, try everything you possibly can to quit… you owe it to yourself and your family to kick that terrible habit. Regain your health and fitness and reduce the amount of Government Revenue.

    Then perhaps celebrate by going Kayaking or doing other outdoor activities that you may not have been all the keen or able to do whilst being a heavy smoker.

    Ohh and for those who are smokers, l am not having a dig at you… I understand some enjoy smoking and some find it terribly hard to give up, but try to do the best you can to do what you “Really” want to do.

    As an added incentive, if you were able to give up the smokes, the money saved might be put towards a family holiday… maybe visit the Gold Coast and enjoy the lovely beaches, beautiful rivers, nice hotels, theme parks and don’t forget to try a memorable Kayak Tour.


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