Five Reasons Why People Quit Smoking

Five Reasons Why People Quit Smoking

What was the final factor that pushed you to put down cigarettes for good?

While everybody’s individual quit journey is unique, the factors that nudge people into quitting in the first place are more common that you might realise.

Here are five common reasons why people decide to quit smoking:


Smoking has always been an expensive habit, but as cigarette prices continue to rise, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for many smokers to afford the habit.

On average, smokers can save over £3,000 a year by quitting smoking*. Whether it’s wanting to save up for a big purchase, like a car or a holiday, or just wanting to have more money left each month, money is one of the most common factors in peoples’ decision to quit.

*Based on consumption of 20 cigarettes per day at the national average cost of £10.77 per 20 pack

“I’ve moved to a new place in a nicer area, and I’m able to take my girlfriend out more… My life is completely different from quitting smoking.”

Watch Edward’s full quitting story here.

Significant dates

Many people find it hard to commit to a quit date, so significant events can be the push they need. For instance, stopping smoking is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions.

Milestone birthdays can also jolt people into wanting to quit. If a person quits by 40, for example, it slashes their risk of smoking-related death and disease by 90%. Even quitting much later in life can add years onto life expectancy, so it’s never too late.

“I didn’t want to enter my 40s as a smoker! It’s been a challenge but my health is better, I have saved money and I have so much energy.”

Watch Paul’s full quitting story here.

Health event

The unfortunate reality is that smoking is still one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK, responsible for around 78,000 deaths per year.

Most smokers have read the statistics about cancer, strokes and heart disease, but often that information doesn’t feel real – almost as though they’re talking about somebody else. However, when somebody actually experiences a health event or scare, it can change their perspective and make them more motivated to stop smoking.

“It’s been really hard to quit but my breathing has improved and my sense of smell. I’m so happy to finally be smoke free.”

Watch Anthony’s quitting story here.


Becoming a parent completely turns a person’s world upside-down: between the sleepless nights, the nappies, and the overwhelming love, life will never be the same.

For many smokers, the decision to have children can go hand in hand with the decision to give up cigarettes. There can be a number of reasons for this, such as a desire to be healthier for longer to look after their children, plus worrying about the adverse health effects of passive smoking. The risks of smoking during pregnancy are well documented, so for women in particular this life event can be a major push factor.

“I’m a mum of four, and a grandmother of one. Now, I’m more of an active mum, rather than a mum sitting on the side-lines, having a cigarette.”

Watch Lisa’s quitting story here.

Changing jobs

Any event that brings about big change has the potential to persuade somebody to quit smoking. Many people may see starting a new job as a great opportunity for a fresh start. Meeting new colleagues and turning down a cigarette break can be a great chance to change how a smoker sees themselves. It can also help somebody to feel more comfortable too, safe in the knowledge they aren’t smelling of smoke.

“I opened my first business venture – a little tea room – and that’s another reason I want to quit. There’s nothing worse than someone leaning over you smelling of stale smoke.”

Watch Emily’s quitting story here.

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