If you give up smoking, the risks to
your health, for example from heart disease or lung cancer, decrease
dramatically. If you continue to be a non-smoker the risks will
eventually reach a level where they are almost the same as those
for someone who has never smoked.
There are plenty of reasons to give up smoking - here are just ten...
Many smokers die before their time. On average 5.5 minutes of
life is lost for every cigarette smoked. That's half a day a week
for the average smoker. Many smokers die up to 25 years earlier
than they should. Smoking is like committing suicide slowly and
Some think smoking is sophisticated and makes you look older.
Well sure it does - your skin gets wrinkled before it should and
your complexion dulls. Teeth and fingers are stained a horrible
yellow - brown and gums are more susceptible to unsightly diseases,
A 20 a day smoker spends around £1300 a year. Surely there
are better things to spend your cash on. Clothes, CDs, holidays,
computers, anything in fact. And that £1300 is an investment
in early death! Crazy isn't it.
Get Nasty Diseases
"Smoking is bad for your health." That has to be one
of the biggest understatements of the century. A cigarette contains
4000 chemicals. Nasties like carbon monoxide, tar, arsenic, ammonia
and hydrogen cyanide. Smokers die of heart attacks and lung cancer
and worse! Try emphysema - a terrible disease that rots the lungs,
making breathing a real struggle. Dying from emphysema is like
Fit and Active
The carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke robs the system of oxygen.
Smoking also increases heart rate and narrows blood vessels. That
means smokers have less stamina so if you are into sport, cigarettes
are a big no no. 20 year old smokers have the same fitness as
35 year old non-smokers. Also smokers can't fight off infection
so easily they're more susceptible to coughs, colds, flu, ear
Smoking isn't flash or romantic either, After all, who wants to
kiss and cuddle someone who smells like an ashtray? The smoke
clings to you, stinking up your hair, your clothes and your breath.
Pollute The Air
Smoky air makes people's eyes sting and their hair and clothes
stink. Passive smoking increases the risk of asthma, heart disease
and lung cancer. In fact hundreds of people in the UK die every
year from the effects of passive smoking.
Be An Addict
People who take up smoking often think they'll be able to give
up any time they like. The trouble is, nicotine is an incredibly
addictive drug. Before you know it, you're well and truly hooked.
And just ask a person who's trying to quit how difficult it is.
So be smart, don't start.
Tobacco production is damaging our planet. Around 600 million
trees are destroyed to provide fuel for drying and curing tobacco.
It takes about a tree a fortnight to supply the average smoker.
Tree loss reduces rainfall, erodes soil and causes desert formation.
Tobacco plants need huge amounts of fertilisers and pesticides
which damage local water supplies and cause health risks.
Be A Tobacco Industry Pawn
Tobacco companies are legalised drug pushers. Their drug kills
over 300 people in the UK alone. While you have been reading this,
someone has died from smoking. Don't be a sucker, say no to smoking,
say no to an industry that is killing people and damaging our
some practical tips to help you kick the habit...
- Plan to
give up. Choose a day to stop and stick to it.
- Get help
if you need it. Speak to your GP, practice nurse or the Ulster
Cancer Foundation about how to stop.
- Tell everyone
you are stopping.
- Take it
a day at a time.
- Avoid situations
where you know you'll be tempted.
- Work out
how much you're saving and spend it on a real treat.
is a good distraction from smoking - and it will keep your weight
- Be determined!
If at first you don't succeed - Keep trying. Every attempt increases
your chances of finally giving up.