6 Ways Smoking Affects Your Relationship

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Is your bad habit getting in the way of your love life?

As someone who has been both the smoker and the nonsmoker in relationships, I can tell you plenty of disadvantages to the act that are beyond the mere health risks — all of which should signify that it's time to quit anyway. But I know that I needed a lot of other reasons that I could actually see and experience right away to help encourage me to quit, since the accompanying health problems tend to come about a lot slower and feel less tangible until it's often too late.

Sadly, smoking definitely affects relationships, too; just another reason to drop the habit, right?

1. Bedtime
When I was in a relationship with a guy who didn't smoke, I was a moderate- to -heavy-smoker (6-7 cigarettes a day). He would always complain how hard it was to hold me while we were sleeping because at the end of the day, my hair always smelled like cigarettes unless I took a shower right before bed. This was frustrating, as sometimes I would come home exhausted and didn't feel like doing so until the next morning, so we would wind up simply not cuddling that night, which both of us genuinely loved doing. It created a disconnect and we often felt that lack of closeness when we woke up.

2. Clothing & Furniture
Your partner does not want his clothes, sheets or furniture to smell like cigarette smoke, and vice versa — trust me. Even if you used to be a smoker and were previously used to the smell, it's still unappealing to have that scent linger all around you. Either way, it's inconvenient (as trips to the laundry room or laundromat become tedious, yet necessary) and unpleasant.

3. Illness
Obviously, people who smoke have to worry about heart disease, lung disease and other serious issues, but in general, smokers just plain get sick more often. While your partner will likely be a-okay with taking care of you, it's not exactly fun to deal with a person who perpetually gets colds and could likely avoid many of them if only he or she would just quit smoking. Keep Reading ...

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