You Enjoy It, So Why Should You Quit Smoking?

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It is a known fact that cigarette smoking is the leading cause of emphysema, heart disease, and lung cancer. But if that information isn’t enough to make you quit, we have a few facts here that may change your mind.

Mental Health

Alzheimer’s Disease is increased more by those who have smoked for those 65 and older. Mental impairment was detected in a group of men and women that had no family history of the disease.

Artery Damage

Smoking promotes artery clotting, damage, and increases stroke risk.

Autoimmune Disease Risk Increased

Cigarette smoking increase the risk of lupus developing. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the affected person inflammation, pain, and damages their body’s tissues.

Colic, SIDS

For the expectant other that smokes, the chances of your baby dying from SIDS increases greatly, as much as 17 times more, than those who don’t smoke.

Babies born to mothers that smoked during pregnancy experience colic at a high rate. They are also more likely to be irritable, experience inconsolable crying, have clenched fists and a red face, drawn-up legs, accompanied by screaming.

For Men the Risk of Impotence Increases

Men that are concerned how they will perform in bed need to not smoke. Erectile dysfunction is higher in men that smoke compared to men that don’t.

Eyesight Loss

Smoking can lead to blindness and macular degeneration four times more than for those who don’t smoke. By quitting, you can lessen your chances of this happening.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Smokers are 16 times more likely to develop Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Disturbed Sleeping Patterns with Snoring

Whether you are the smoker or a non-smoker living with a smoker, you are most likely a snorer.

Tummy Troubles

Acid Reflux and heartburn have been connected to smoking with smokers being 70% more likely to suffer. GERD was a prime diagnosis in studies of non-smokers and smokers in a study of 40,000 people.

Increased Risk of Breast Cancer

A woman that actively smokes has a larger increased risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer than a non-smoking woman. Among women who smoke, breast cancer was more prevalent as much as 30%.

Other Reasons Not To Smoke

In addition to the reasons we have stated above, other reasons you may want to think about not lighting up again are:

  • Increase in colon cancer risk
  • Increase in depression
  • Increase in thyroid disease

Not to mention, you will live longer after you stop smoking. You actually get an extended lease on life and lessen your chances of contracting any of the diseases or health issues we’ve discussed here. Never let anyone convince you it’s too late quit either!

If you’re married and/or have children, by quitting this habit, you’re helping them live longer too. Secondhand smoke is deadlier than you may realize, with as many as 50,000 people dying from cancer contracted by secondhand smoke.

The same carcinogens have been found in secondhand smoke that is the original smoke. It leads to children suffering more from bronchitis, colds, ear infections, lung problems, etc.

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