Do you know someone who smokes? Would you like them to stop (hint: of course you do)? Anyone who’s tried to cajole someone into quitting cigarettes knows that it can often be a very difficult to succeed. To win them round, you’re going to need some effective arguments.
The smoking kills argument
No ifs. No buts. Smoking is one of the most harmful things that someone can do to their body. Each cigarette contains around 3-4000 chemicals, around 70 of which are carcinogenic. Smoking is linked to a variety of life-threatening illnesses, including strokes, emphysema and various cancers, and around 100,000 people in the UK alone die each year from such smoking-related illnesses.
If you’re trying to convince a friend to quit, the threat-to-life argument takes some beating. It may help to point them towards information about how their health can improve again after quitting.
The beauty argument
While it’s true that smoking kills, it’s also the case that it does you no favours in the beauty stakes either. Smoking constricts the flow of blood around the body, which ultimately leads to baggy eyes, and wrinkled skin.
Smoking prematurely ages the skin, yellows your teeth and fingers, and the stinky smoke sticks to your hair and clothing. If you’re trying to convince someone to quit, making the argument that they can help save their looks by doing so may just work if the health concerns fail to land.
The money argument
If appealing to their health doesn’t do it, try appealing to their purse instead. Cigarettes are one of the most heavily taxed products available, which has led to a huge increase in their price. In 2016, the average price of a pack of cigarettes is greater than £8. Over the course of a year, an average smoker will spend more than £3000 on something they are literally setting fire to.
That money could be spent in so many better ways – a family holiday, a couple of nights out every month, or a whole new wardrobe.
Well then how do you quit then?
For some, quitting cold turkey is the only method which works, but it requires a lot of willpower and isn’t for everyone. Traditional nicotine replacement therapies (think patches and gum) have their place, but increasingly, smokers are turning to e-cigarettes instead.
E-cigarettes, if you haven’t come across them, are battery-operated devices which vaporise an e liquid which contains nicotine. The vaporised liquid is then inhaled just like you would with a cigarette.
The great advantage that such products have is that they are free from the thousands of chemicals found tobacco smoke, so are much safer to use. They’re also a good deal cheaper than continuing to smoke too!