It’s widely known how major a decision it was for Meghan Markle to agree to marry Prince Harry. Yeah, they’re in love, and yeah, they want to spend the rest of their lives together – but for Meghan, it wasn’t as simple as that.
Saying yes to Prince Harry meant agreeing to become a full-time senior member of the British Royal Family. It meant giving up her acting career, moving to the UK, and abiding by a whole new set of etiquette rules, both privately and in public.
Regardless of all this, former Suits actress Meghan made it quite clear in her engagement interview that she was more than happy to accept all of the above as part of her marriage to Harry. But it turns out that she isn’t the only one in the relationship to be making sacrifices. According to recent reports, Prince Harry has agreed to quit smoking for his bride-to-be.
The young prince has been known to socially smoke after a few drinks, with paparazzi often photographing him with a cigarette in his hand.But according to the Mail on Sunday, Harry is following in the footsteps of his health-conscious fiancée Meghan, and is quitting the habit. A friend of the couple reportedly told the tabloid: “Harry has promised no smoking at all at home. It’s not nice for Meghan as a non-smoker. So there’s no more hanging out of the window for a quick puff. Harry has quit for Meghan.”
And if Harry has been smoking at his home at Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace, then it’s a good job Meghan is encouraging him to stop, because it’s actually against the rules. Since May this year, smoking has been banned at all royal residences except Clarence House, which means Harry can still pop round to his dad’s place for a smoke if he fancies. (Not that Prince Charles would be very impressed, mind you, he reportedly hates the habit and unofficially banned it at his home years ago).
WHY IS SMOKING BAD FOR YOU?
Whilst social smoking may seem tempting after a few drinks or one too many at the Christmas party, think again. The average cigarette is gone in 10 puffs and only five minutes, but in that time, 4,000 chemicals infiltrate your organs. Even when the cigarette is finished, your body will be mopping up toxic substances for the next six to eight hours. Smoking long term will result in brown tar building on your lungs, which in the long term, accounts for around 6 million deaths across the world every year.
Think about it.
HOW TO QUIT SOCIAL SMOKING—FOR GOOD
Want to think twice before you join your mates in the smoking area tonight but not sure how to break the habit?
We spoke to John Dicey, Worldwide Director of Allen Carr’s Easyway, for his top five tips on quitting your social habit–long term.
1. BE HONEST
The first crucial step to stopping social smoking is to be brutally honest with yourself. You need to accept you either are a smoker, or not – it’s impossible to be a ‘little bit’ of a smoker! Try counting up the number of cigarettes you would get through on a Friday or Saturday evening.
2. TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT
The only way to control smoking is simply to stop. If you truly are a ‘social smoker,’ you should be able to take it or leave it – so leave it. The Allen Carr Easyway method is based upon the fact that people find it much easier than anticipated to break the habit and quit.
3. BE SOCIAL
Don’t lock yourself away – stopping smoking doesn’t mean trading in your social life! Cutting yourself off from friends will only make you miserable and more likely to succumb to ‘just one’ cigarette.
4. RECOGNISE YOUR TRIGGERS
Think hard about the situations in which you are most likely to light up. The chances are that what you really enjoy about a night out at the weekend or a catch-up with friends is the occasion itself, not the opportunity it offers for you to smoke. Once you’ve realized this, these moments will cease to be triggers, and you won’t miss cigarettes.
5. THINK POSITIVE
Turn around the way you think about smoking, and about quitting – don’t see it as stopping something you enjoy. Instead, put a positive slant on it. Think about how great it is to be free of something negative. If you view it this way, you won’t need substitutes for smoking, like nicotine patches or stress balls.
Part of this article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.
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