Smoking in the eyes of some is a disease, to others it is just a filthy habit and then there are those who confess to enjoy it. Either way smoking is damaging and especially damaging to younger smokers in more ways than doctors would have you think.

Smoking doesn’t just have a pile of now proven health risks that lead to heart problems and cancer among other things but it also has societal and personal implications that somehow get overlooked as the health risks are so dominating.

What does smoking do to you?

smokingOver and above the well-known but often ignored health risks that come from smoking are the social ills, which is what smoking is – impacts you as the smoker. Many smokers desire to smoke and believe they have a God-given right to smoke where and whenever they want to. Many smokers struggle to see that smoking alienates people. There are those smokers who can see this and they claim that no matter how hard they try they just cannot stop smoking and thus accept that they become an outcast.

But smoking does alienate a smoker from non-smokers. This can lead to circles of friends being broken up, and even who could perhaps be a perfect life partner. Smoking doesn’t change the person but it does change how others see them and think about them. Not so long ago when smokers were in the majority, when smoking was very accepted, lighting up didn’t offend anyone. Today the opposite is true and smoking more than raises eyebrows.

As a smoker, smoking could cost a person a job. A non-smoker is often preferred over smoker, there is no written rule about this but companies are moving more and more towards a clean air policy. Companies know that smokers cost the company time and in some cases the image of a smoker, especially if a uniform or name badge is worn, is not what a company wants. As a young smoker this can play an important part of future life in today’s world, for a non-smoker is at an advantage in the work place. Companies look at and appreciate how the health aspects of smoking impact employee performance and are acutely aware that sick days for smokers increase and this impacts the bottom line.

As a young person smoking, the financial implications of smoking cannot be ignored. Cigarettes cost money, those struggling often resort to “rolling their own” as this saves money but even this becomes expensive. Young people who smoke have to take a close look at the financial implications of smoking on their young lives and potential future.

There are costs that go beyond the smokes themselves. Medical insurance increases, life insurance increases, health problems increase and medical costs therefore increase. For a young person with a big future, money is important and if things cost more, or if money is wasted on cigarettes that honestly are not needed, cash flow can become challenging, and with a challenged cash flow life itself becomes a little more challenging.

But why should you stop and how do you stop smoking? This we can touch on next time, and yes you can stop and yes it will change your life!