How many packs of cigarettes do you smoke each week? One pack, two packs, three packs, four? Do you love that buzzed feeling that you get from smoking cigarettes? If yes, then Smokers Unite! Here Are 5 Reasons To Keep Smoking.
1. Your Heart Will Work Harder For You
Chemicals in tobacco smoke harm your blood cells and can also damage the function of your heart as well as the structure and function of your blood cells. It also increases your chance of obtaining atherosclerosis, as stated by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
“Atherosclerosis is a disease in which a waxy substance called plaque (plak) builds up in the arteries. Over time, plaque hardens and narrows your arteries. This limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your organs and other parts of your body,” NHLBI.NIH.gov.
Your heart will work overtime attempting to pump your smoke-rich blood through your narrowed plaque crusted arteries to your organs as well as other parts of your body.
2. You’ll Leave Behind A Legacy
Think about it. When you die from heart disease, caused by your smoking habits, your family will remember how you died and no one else will want to smoke because of it.
In a report by the Surgeon General on the National Library of Medicine’s website, it states that cigarette smoking is responsible for around 140,000 premature deaths each year from cardiovascular disease.
Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the U.S., killing over 1,300 people per day, according to the State of Tobacco Control’s website.
3. You’re A Statistic. Yay!
Congratulations! You fall into one, if not all, of the following statistics, reported in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library:
- cigarette smokers are two to four times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than non-smokers
- cigarette smoking doubles a person’s risk for stroke
- cigarette smoking produces a greater risk for coronary heart disease in people younger than 50 years old.
The CDC reported that in 2013, an estimated 17.8 percent (42.1 million) of U.S. adults were current cigarette smokers. Of these, 76.9 percent (32.4 million) smoked every day, and 23.1 percent (9.7 million) smoked some days.
4. You’ll Have An Effect On Your Family And Friends
Secondhand smoke kills more than 41,000 people in the U.S. each year. Around 34,000 die from coronary heart disease and approximately 7,300 die from lung cancer brought on by secondhand smoke, as reported on CDC.gov.
The CDC also reported that nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work increase their lung cancer risk by 20-30 percent.
5. Smoking Increases Your Attractiveness Level
Smoking causes bad breath, can stain your teeth, lead to gum infection, tooth loss and even turn your fingers yellow. It also weakens your skin’s ability to repair itself leading to premature aging, stated on The Real Cost’s website.
Smoking also causes inflammation and cell damage throughout the body as well as weaken your immune system, according to The Real Cost.
Did you know?
The Real Cost reported, “Carbon monoxide is found in both car exhaust and cigarette smoke. Yet, the concentration in cigarette smoke can be ten times higher than in car exhaust.”
The Real Cost also found that smokeless tobacco causes cancer of the mouth, pancreas, and esophagus.
To quit smoking visit your healthcare provider for the best options available.
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“Facts – American Lung Association | State of Tobacco Control 2015.” American Lung Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 June 2015. (http://www.stateoftobaccocontrol.org/facts.html)
“Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease.” Johns Hopkins Medicine: Health Library. N.p., n.d. Web. (http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/cardiovascular_diseases/smoking_and_cardiovascular_disease_85,P00242/)
“Cigarette Smoking in the United States.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 Mar. 2015. Web. 13 June 2015. (http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/resources/data/cigarette-smoking-in-united-states.html)
“Home | The Real Cost.” Home | The Real Cost. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 June 2015. (http://therealcost.betobaccofree.hhs.gov)