6 Reasons To Quit Smoking

“The Federal Ministry of Health warns that…”

You probably recognize those words and can even complete the sentence. Yes, it is a warning that features prominently on cigarette packaging.

Smoking, as used in this article, refers not to the method of drying fish but to the use of all tobacco and nicotine products, be it cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or electric smoking devices.

If you’re wondering why a warning such as the one alluded to earlier has gained such popularity, buckle up as we take you on a ride to examine reasons why you should quit smoking immediately.

If you’ve seen Ipman 4, this shouldn’t be new to you. The main actor was suffering from cancer, the image below sums up the candid advice he received.

Brain damage

Scientists have found nicotine, i.e., cigarettes increase the level of stress hormones, essentially increasing a person’s risk of stroke by up to four times.

Heart


Cigarette smoking hardens narrows and progressively clogs arteries by building up plaque in the blood, in effect starving the heart of oxygen.
In addition, the heart is forced to work harder and faster, increasing blood pressure and the risk of developing heart disease by up to four times.

Lungs


This is perhaps the organ most affected by cigarette smoking. Smoking deposits tar on the surface of the lungs, which in turn destroys air sacs, inflames the airways and increases a person’s risk of developing lung cancer by up to a whopping 23 times. It’s not worth the risk if you ask me.

Cancers

Yes, cancers, because you can get not one but several cancers from cigarette smoking. Kidneys, stomach, pancreas, bladder, and lungs are just some of the organs affected by cigarette smoking.

The release of nicotine into the body system can result in a higher susceptibility to cancers of all the organs, as mentioned above.

Skin


Smoking has been linked to a higher rate of early skin withering or premature aging. It was found that smokers appear to age 10-20 years earlier than their non-smoking counterparts.

Unclean physical appearance

Smoking causes discoloration of the teeth, bad breath, and cancer of the tongue, which forms lumps and ulcers in the tongue, thereby giving a person an overall unclean appearance.

Statistics:

Numbers don’t lie, they say. Hence, if any of the above points have not swayed you, trust the numbers at least.
Each year, 7-8 million people die from diseases stemming from cigarette smoking.
That is 1 out of 5 deaths a year and 1,300 deaths a day.
It is estimated that 1 out of 2 smokers will die from a smoking-related disease.

Conclusion


This article has done a reasonable job of exposing you to the dangers of smoking and has tried its best to persuade you to stop smoking immediately.

Granted, breaking an addiction is no easy task. However, I’d say it’s a reasonable price to pay in exchange for cleaner breath, an extended life span, a neat and endearing physical appearance, and a healthier life overall.
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