Why stop smoking? Health and longevity are top reasons to stop smoking cigarettes, pipes, cigars, and other substances. Smoking related illnesses seriously diminishes your lifespan and quality of life, and it can harm those closest to you.
Perhaps you have a number of reasons why you want to continue smoking.
It is your right, you know favorable statistics, and know old-timers who puffed away until dying of old age.
Perhaps the trade-offs of compromised endurance, coughing, blunted taste buds and a few extra yearly colds are a small price to pay for the ‘pleasure factor’.
Some argue that an occasional home rolled organic smoke poses no harm and perhaps has some health benefits. To your surprise, they may be correct.
The problem is not the occasional indulgence. Problems come from puffing away every day.
Modern cigarettes are made with pesticide-laced tobacco contaminated with 40 documented carcinogens and approximately 1000 chemical additives of varying toxicity including ammonia, ethyl alcohol and formaldehyde. They burn hot and fast to promote nicotine delivery, absorption and addiction.
Why Stop Smoking is dedicated to a man named Steve, who died at age 50 after losing his valiant fight with lung cancer, and to the millions of others who have died prematurely of smoking-related illnesses.
Please quit before it is too late.
The number one reasons to stop smoking cigarettes is to improve your health and save your life. Over the years, negative effects take their toll and can lead to serious disease and death.
The American Heart Association names smoking as the primary cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S. Of approximately 2.4 million yearly deaths, about 440,000 are smoking-related.
A smoker's lifespan is cut short by approximately 10 years. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention claims that smoking takes one in five lives 14 years before the national average. The Nurse’s Health Study showed that 64% of smoking nurses died from related illnesses.
A 50 year English study initiated in 1951 concluded that smoking kills half of all smokers. Fifty percent die before or around age 50.
Smoking causes cancer:
Carcinogenic, super-heated chemicals get inhaled and deposited in your lungs as tar. These toxins also circulate through your organs and bone marrow via your bloodstream. They enter your digestive tract via saliva and mucus. If you are a smoker, one of the best reasons to stop smoking is to take the burden of your body detox system so it can better do its job of getting damaging toxins out of your body.
Lung cancer kills over one million people a year worldwide. Approximately 85% were smokers. Despite aggressive surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, the five year survival rate in the U.S. is less than 15%. A 2006 European study revealed lung cancer among 24.4% of males smoking five plus cigarettes a day.
The younger you start, the higher the risk. Risk also depends on ‘pack years' - the number of daily packs multiplied by the years you smoke. Two packs a day for 10 years logs you 20 pack years.
Smoking is a contributing or direct cause of 30% of all cancers. It claimed 30% of pancreatic cancers and 12% of colon cancer fatalities. It raises your risk of stomach, kidney, cervical and ovarian cancers. Smokers are five times more likely to get head and throat cancers, and three times more likely to get squamous cell skin cancer.
Other health problems:
If cancers were the only reasons to stop smoking cigarettes, that would be reason enough.
Why stop smoking? Research shows smokers are at higher risk for heart disease, thin bones, fractures, and joint problems. Pregnant smokers are at higher risk of miscarriage and premature births, and infants are more likely to die of SIDS. Inhaling smoke damages hair-like extensions called cilia that move cells around your body through fluid such as blood, which hinders circulation.
Smoking damages artery cells, leading to coronary artery disease and strokes. Long-term smokers are twice as likely to have a heart attack as non-smokers. Inhaling second-hand smoke has the same effects.
Smoking causes damage, inflammation and irritation in the lungs. This increases mucus production, making smokers more susceptible to lung infections. One in four smokers eventually get emphysema or other lung diseases.
Why stop smoking? Toxic compounds damage elastin and collagen, making skin sag and wrinkle prematurely. Nicotine causes blood vessels to narrow in the outer layers of skin. Less blood flow means less oxygenation and nutrient delivery. Nicotine is an antiherbivore chemical found in tobacco that protects the plants from insects.
Nicotine also changes the workings of your brain and body. It acts on all body tissues. This highly addictive substance stimulates and regulates the release of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. It causes your adrenal glands to release adrenaline. Adrenaline (or epinephrine) is released as part of the body’s response to stress.
Why stop smoking cigarettes? Take these encouraging quit smoking facts to heart. Cutting way back and quitting can save your health and your life. According to the American Heart Association, longevity improves the earlier you quit. 35-39 year olds add an average of 6-9 years. 65-69 year olds add one to four years to their lives. A long-term Cancer Research UK study of a million women showed that quitting by age 40 cuts your risk of dying from smoking by 90%.
Only one day as a non-smoker, lowers your heart attack risk. Within months, your energy level goes up and your body begins to resist and heal from smoking related illnesses and toxicity.
In addition to significant health benefits, there are more reasons to stop smoking. These include smelling better, whiter teeth, a better sense of smell and taste, more pleasant breath, a healthier living environment, and a lot more disposable income.