2017. A new year, a new you? We make resolutions, we break resolutions, and sometimes we even see resolutions through to the finish line. Whatever the result is, the intent is change, and where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Cigarette smoking is the #1 preventable cause of death in the U.S. and according to health.com, it’s one of the top new years resolutions. Coincidentally, it’s one of the hardest to stick with. Sure, it’s easy to focus on the difficulties of quitting, but as an eternal optimist, it’s more important that I share the benefits of quitting.
- Money in your pocket! Quitting smoking means you have on average $5.51 per pack to spend on something else.
- Improved lung function
- Lower heart rate and blood pressure
- Reduced number of coughing fits
- Reduced risk of lung cancer
As a company that provides home care services to individuals diagnosed with serious mental illnesses, we are very aware that 60% are heavy smokers. As caregivers, we strive to educate the benefits on non-smoking with the hopes that we can help change lifestyles one individual at a time.
If you take nothing else from this, please remember one thing when it comes to mental illness and smoking: quitting will reduce the dosage of psychiatric medications which will also reduce the side effects of those medicines.
Whether a mental illness is in the equation or not, all studies show that smoking is harmful to your health. Whatever you resolve to do in 2017, remember where there’s a will, there’s a way.