Are you a smoker who’s thinking about quitting but wondering if it’s worth it ?
Cigarettes are an addictive substance, and quitting can be difficult.
But if you need help, there are a variety of medications and methods designed to help people stop smoking.
You may’ve heard the statement that smoking causes lung cancer, but if that’s not enough to deter you, there are many other reasons why smoking cessation is a good idea.The most obvious reason to quit smoking is to protect and improve your health.
The Center for Disease Control calculates that 443,000 people die in the United States each year from smoking-related disease, and that more people worldwide die from tobacco use than from HIV, illicit drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle accidents, suicides and murders combined.
The average person’s lifespan is shortened by eleven minutes per cigarette smoked and smoking has been conclusively linked to a variety of life-threatening illnesses affecting almost every organ of the body.
Some of the most prevalent diseases among smokers are lung cancer, coronary heart disease, stroke, and obstructive lung disease.
Other types of cancer linked to tobacco use are leukemia, bladder, cervical, esophageal, kidney, laryngeal, pancreatic, pharyngeal, stomach and oral cancer. Smoking also causes low bone density (putting smokers at an increased risk for broken bones and developing osteoporosis), an increased risk of macular degeneration and cataracts, infertility, high blood pressure and teeth and gum disease.
Smoking is not only a detriment to your own health. It also harms the health of your friends and family. Smoking is particularly dangerous for pregnant woman and parents of small children, as exposure to cigarette smoke can cause preterm delivery, low birth weight, still birth, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Children around secondhand smoke also get sick more often and are prone to developing asthma and fluid in their ears. But the risks are not only for children; people who are exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to develop asthma and respiratory infections, and are at a 20-30% increased risk of developing lung cancer or heart disease when compared to other non-smokers.
Researchers are currently in the process of examining a possible link between secondhand smoke and breast cancer development as well. The Center for Disease Control states there is no safe level of secondhand smoke; any exposure increases an individual’s risk of developing a life-threatening illness.
Here are some health facts about smoking that you should know if you are considering to quit.
- Smoking causes the most common lung disease – emphysema, which is the shortness of breath. Other than this, chances of lung cancer and heart complications also dramatically increases, including coronary heart diseases and heart attacks.
- Smoking also causes smokers to suffer from inflammatory and chronic diseases as your body immune system becomes weaker and weaker by the day.
- The habit leads to rheumatoid arthritis and lupus which is a disease of the immune system. The symptom of this disease can be seen as red rashes on your skin all over your body.
- Some long term diseases due to this addiction include age related ailments such as the macular degeneration. In some cases, it also causes blindness for elderly people.
- For pregnant women, smoking causes SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Other consequences for pregnant women include bleeding, miscarriage and underweight issues.
- If you don’t already know, the chemicals from cigarettes also lead to throat and mouth cancer. Research has shown that smokers die much earlier than people who don’t smoke.
- The probabilities of contracting breast cancer for women are increased.
- Smokers also may like suffer from acid reflux disease also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) of which one of the symptoms is heart burn.
- When you smoke, the blood vessels in your body get damaged, and it indirectly causes the fats in your body to increase.
- Complications also include chest infections, tuberculosis, asthma problems in frequent smokers.
The list can go on and on about the potential diseases that are caused to a smoker. That’s why more and more smokers are aware that they need to quit smoking. They also realized that they can go on with life without cigarettes.
Therefore, I would strongly advise you to quit as early as possible. All the diseases contracted from this habit are highly preventable, all you have to do is stop smoking and you will be safe all these diseases.