I admit that I smoke. And my first attempt to quit after 13 years of a pack a day only lasted one month. Here’s what convinced me to try:
- 50 % of smokers will die early due to their habit (Source: WHO)
- On average smokers die 10 years earlier (Source: CDC)
- Every year about 6 million people die from smoking related diseases, that is more than one Jumbo Jet full of people every hour (Source: WHO)
Most sensible people wouldn’t play Russian Roulette, but some take even higher chances at early death with smoking.
The good news: If you start smoking in your teens, and quit at …
- … the age of 30, you get all of the 10 years back; the damage done is almost completely reversible
- … the age of 40, you get 9 of the 10 years back; the damage done is reversible for the most part
- … the age of 50, you get 6 of the 10 years back; some of the damages are still reversible
- … the age of 60, you get 3 of the 10 years back; most damages will remain, but life quality will improve
Since I just hit 30, I’ll be sure to give it another try once my vacation is over. Having too much time is a very bad idea if you want to quit, better do it when you’re busy.