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 painfully.
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 drowning slowly.
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 infections, etc.
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
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 planet.
are some practical tips to help you kick the habit...
to give up. Choose a day to stop and stick to it.
help if you need it. Speak to your GP, practice nurse or the
Ulster Cancer Foundation about how to stop.
everyone you are stopping.
it a day at a time.
Avoid situations where you know you'll be tempted.
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
determined! If at first you don't succeed - Keep trying. Every
attempt increases your chances of finally giving up.