It is amazing how many smokers would feel happy to spend on a new car, happy to spend on a luxury facial, but wary of spending on giving up smoking.
I saw some interesting statistics the other day. Apparently, most women who have a facial are not sure if they got a result but would keep having them in the hope that they will work.
It seems that when it comes to outside appearances, we are happy to spend. This is even if we can be getting duped and get no results. How bizarre. Surely the best facial any woman can have will still not beat the effects of stopping smoking. Smoking causes wrinkles. This is well-documented and accepted as fact.
I work next door to a beautician and have been doing some sums. The average smoker who attends there spends a tidy sum on waxing, facials, eyebrows, lashes, and nails. Now what I cannot fathom is why this average woman possibly thinks she can be sexy smelling like an ashtray, coughing, and full of smoker wrinkles.
If our smoker diverts some of these funds into stop-smoking treatment, she will soon look fabulous as a non-smoker. And of course, it is easy to judge. I remember when I was a smoker and the doctor used to blame everything on my smoking. I felt judged and was helpless to make changes. Simply making judgments does not help. Fear decides a lot of what we do. Our actions and behavior are often simply ruled by fear. After all, a great deal of advertising relies on fear and many elections are won because of fear. And often smokers are understandably ruled by the fear losing their attractiveness. However, it is all too easy to judge. Solutions require a little more effort.
Well, they say beauty is only skin-deep. And eventually, the skin becomes so damaged with smoking, that it is better to risk putting on a few pounds than to get more saggy. But what if this weight gain was unnecessary?
Of course, giving up cold turkey can lead to substitution of one habit for another. We all know someone who has been the unfortunate victim of this. And nobody wants to blow up like a balloon. However, stopping smoking with the right help and support need not lead to weight gain.
Beauty, like everything else, is a matter of balance. On the one hand, you have the need to look a certain way for attractiveness for a partner, self-esteem, and social acceptance. On the other hand, you have the need to be healthy and happy.
They say you cannot have your cake and eat it. But what if you had no desire for cake in the first place? And what if that was OK?
What if you could be free from smoking and be attractive?
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