If you’re a smoker, you know that it’s gotten harder to smoke outside your home—especially at work. But did you know that your smoking habit can actually harm your career?  It’s true.  In the United States, approximately 80% of the population lives in an area where smoking is banned in some or all public spaces by state or local law.  These laws came about as a way to protect workers from being exposed to secondhand smoke in the workplace—after all, it might not be too harmful to eat lunch in a smoky restaurant, but it’s quite another thing to work eight-hour shifts in that restaurant every day.  But with the rising costs of health insurance and concerns about productivity, many workplaces aren’t just banning smoking—they’re banning smokers.   Federal government statistics estimate that employees who smoke cost their employers an average of $3,391 in lost productivity and health-related expenses.  Workplaces are responding by instituting new rules in their employment contracts that workers must not use tobacco products—even during their off hours.

While such measures might seem extreme, it’s true that cigarette smoking is probably the single worst thing you can do for your health.  Just about every bodily organ and every medical condition is harmed by the toxic chemicals and reduced lung function that a cigarette smoking addiction inflicts on the body.  Smokers get sick more often, age more quickly, and die younger than non-smokers, and their deaths are often from extremely painful and debilitating conditions such as lung cancer.  Quitting smoking is an enormous step you can take toward regaining your health—and improve your career prospects.  Don’t get left behind by your dream job; after all, is that nicotine hit really more important than building the career you deserve?

If you’re ready to quit smoking, Archstone Recovery Center of the Palm Beaches can help.  If you’ve been smoking for a long time, quitting smoking can feel impossible—but the nicotine addiction specialists and counselors at Archstone Recovery can give you the tools you need to rethink your life without nicotine.  Check with your employer to find out whether you are eligible for smoking cessation benefits.  Why not give yourself a vacation and come to sunny Florida for treatment—and go home a non-smoker?  Smokers from New York (NY), New Jersey (NJ), Washington, DC, Philadelphia (PA), Baltimore (MD), Florida (FL), New England, and all over the United States have quit smoking at Archstone Recovery, and you can, too.  To find out more, contact Archstone Recovery today.

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