For most people, the social impact of smoking has always netted something positive during their young and carefree years. It made you look cool and fashionable, and you could talk to the other kids who also smoke and want to try new things.
As you grow older, the social impact of continued smoking drastically becomes negative, because now, friends your age are most likely health-conscious, even if they did smoke in the past.
In a professional setting, smoking can greatly affect your value as an employee – HR might brand you as unproductive (or even a health hazard to yourself and your co-workers). Clearly, there are non-health consequences when you keep on smoking.
In this post, we will explore the social impact of continued smoking on your job performance, work opportunities, personal relationships, and other important aspects.
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Globally, there are still employees who continue to take unscheduled breaks due to their need to smoke. Smoking a cigarette, while seen as a form of relief, can cause you to perform poorly at work.
Aside from frequently craving cigarettes and taking breaks, smoking employees get recurring headaches, have great difficulty focusing on their tasks, and will most likely take prolonged absences due to sicknesses exacerbated by smoking.
If you’re gunning for a higher position in your company, make it one of your goals to motivate you to stop smoking for good.
Did you notice that you’ve received fewer messages from various leads in your job search? They may have discovered you’re a smoker.
While it’s illegal to discriminate employment against employees who smoke, many companies still do it discreetly.
With information about most people readily available online, hiring managers can quickly find out about a smoker’s history and, more importantly, if they’re still smoking.
Moreover, many workplaces today prioritise smokefree working environments as a means to give their workplaces a healthy and clean image to the public and investors. An employee who smokes might tarnish this image.
For some employers, they perceive an employee who cannot stop smoking to have an addiction that highly likely affects their professionalism and discipline.
Family and Social Relationships
Smoking is dangerous to your health, most especially to non-smokers, children, and pets that live with you. Recognising this danger, your family, friends, and children will most likely be irritated and angry at you for not trying to stop smoking.
While you’re inhaling thousands of dangerous chemicals with every hit, you’re forcing everyone at home to inhale them too and deal with the negative effects of secondhand smoke. Some of them will likely get annoyed and fed up with you, causing strains in your relationships.
Love and care in a family and group of friends is important, and if quitting is a way to show affection and genuine concern for your family and friends, why not start your quit journey today?
It’s no surprise how smoking burdens a person who won’t quit with enormous expenses. Every year, you’re spending up to five figures on a product that brings many health issues and increases your risk of developing lethal diseases later.
And, if you do get lymphoma later on, you and your family have another significant financial burden to deal with. It’s time to put a stop to this.
While cigarettes are already expensive today, it’s likely to increase in the future. The government continue to increase the taxes imposed on tobacco products to the point it takes a huge chunk out of your monthly budget.
You can avoid all these unnecessary financial problems and even get massive savings by just stopping smoking.
Aside from professional opportunities, you also miss a lot of chances to find something life-changing when you keep on smoking.
A body in peak performance lets you enjoy long walks and hiking trails during vacations. Getting better sleep without nicotine cravings gives you the energy to work on your hobbies or experiences that bring personal growth for many people.
Perhaps one of the biggest opportunities you could miss is spending time with your young children or grandchildren. Your need to smoke limits your opportunity to spend quality time with your kids or grandchildren.
Furthermore, with poor mobility and low stamina, you can’t keep up if your kids want to physically play with you, limiting the time you can spend playing and bonding with them.
Smoking impacts not only your overall health, but your professional, personal, and social life. The best way to ensure smoking doesn’t strain your relationships and jeopardise your career opportunities is to stop for good.
Fortunately, it’s easier to quit smoking today with the right information, experts, and tools to help you quit. Here at Smokefree Clinic, you can get the support you need to get started and be successful on your quit journey.
Smokefree Clinic gives you access to many medically reviewed and trustworthy resources that can inform and aid you in your path to wellness, so have a look around!
If you’re ready to get started, Smokefree can connect you to bulk-billing Australian healthcare professionals who excel in helping patients quit smoking for good, including using responsible vaping products where appropriate.
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