At one point in life, you promised yourself you would quit smoking. You swore you'd quit by the time you graduate from college, when you reach 30, or you'd quit the moment you settle down and had your first born. You even told yourself, "meh, screw quitting, I can do it anytime anyway!" You promised yourself many times and look just where you are now, puffing that precious stick probably while reading this and drinking coffee.
What's it about smoking that most people can't let go of? Many say that smoking is their way of relieving stress but is it really the case? Maybe they just can't admit that they're addicted to it because let's be honest, smoking is really a hard habit to break.
If you haven't realized it yet here are 10 reasons why you need to quit smoking.
1. Health Reasons
Heart Disease and Stroke: Smoking is a bigger risk factor for heart disease than high cholesterol, high blood pressure or obesity. Worse still, no amount of exercise or good diet can offset the harmful effect of smoking on your heart. Smoking even 1 to 4 cigarettes a day increases your risk of coronary artery disease. A smoker is 2 to 3 times more likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than a non-smoker. Smoking increases your heart disease and stroke risk by:
· Directly damaging the inner lining of blood vessels
· Increasing the tendency for blood to form clots
· Increasing heart rate and blood pressure
· Decreasing the blood supply to heart
2. Lung Disease: The tar in cigarette smoke is a proven cancer causing substance. When you smoke, the inhaled tar gets deposited in your lungs like soot in a chimney causing a ten-fold increase in your risk of developing lung cancer.
The damage to the tubes and tissue of lungs also leads to a lung disease called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It increases the frequency and severity of asthma attacks in people prone to asthma. Flu, colds, pneumonia occur much more commonly in people who smoke.
3. Other Cancers: the carcinogen (cancer causing substances) in smoke not only affect your lung but can also lead to cancers of the voice box (larynx), mouth, throat, esophagus, intestines, bladder, kidney, and pancreas.
4. Impotence: Smoking narrows and damages blood vessels throughout the body including those supplying the penis leading to erection problems in men.
5. Gum disease: Smoking puts you at a much higher risk of infections of the gums that can lead to tooth loss.
6. Premature ageing of skin: Cigarette smoke damages collagen and elastin, the proteins that keep skin smooth and supple. The result is wrinkles that make you look much older than your years.
7. Alzheimer's disease: People who smoke are at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease at an early age. Elderly who smoke have a faster rate of mental decline compared to their peers who do not smoke.
9. Acid Reflux: Smoking puts you at risk of developing gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), which manifests as heartburn.
10. The Other Reasons that Matter
Better health is undoubtedly an overwhelming benefit of quitting smoking. But there are yet more ways in which quitting smoking will change your life for the better.
Once you Quit Smoking
1. You will save substantial amount of money. Think about all the things you want to buy but cannot because you spend too much on packs of cigarettes that give you nothing.
2. Your performance and endurance at all sports and activities will improve. Yes because your lungs are in good shape!
4. Your teeth and nails will not look yellow and unattractive. Again, appearance!
5.You will be able to appreciate good smell and taste better.
6. You will have a more positive self-image and more confidence in your will-power.
Break the habit today, we're here to help!