You probably know that smoking may cause you cancer, stroke and heart disease. But if these reasons are not enough to make you quit, we’ve got more for you.
Your kids will smoke too.
If you have kids and they see you smoke, there’s a very high chance that they will smoke too, maybe not today but in the coming years. And when that time comes, you may find it hard to explain to them why they shouldn’t have tried smoking in the first place. Here’s more surprising news – even if you quit before your children were born, there’s still a chance that they might pick up your smoking habit! A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, it was found that children of ex smokers were 23 to 29 percent more likely to smoke than the children of parents who never used cigarettes. Scientists are still clueless of the reason behind this association but they theorize that there is a genetic predisposition toward smoking.
You’re contributing to poor global health.
In the US, there are strict policies concerning the sale and advertisement of tobacco products. But these laws are applicable in America only. In other countries, especially the developing ones, there are less comprehensive regulations on tobacco use and manufacturing. In fact, global tobacco sales have greatly increased that US manufacturers now make more money abroad than they do in the states, according to a research reported in the Telegraph.
Smoking makes you weaker, literally.
The nicotine and other toxins in cigarettes can have a dramatic impact on your cardiovascular system. One of its harmful effects is that it impedes blood circulation to your heart, organs and all parts of your body. Impaired blood flow can reduce your energy levels and weaken your muscles by depriving them of the nutrients they need.
You are sure to catch whatever’s going around.
Cigarette smoking can cripple your body’s defense against viruses, bacteria and other disease-causing organisms. Another thing, the chemicals in tobacco can cause inflammation and cell damage, weakening your immune system further.
The lethal smoke you produce stays for as long as you can imagine.
Ever heard of third-hand smoke? This refers to the toxins that are left behind surfaces long after a smoker has left the area. That’s the cigarette smoke you smell in your draperies, sofa, furniture, bed sheet, pillows, etc. The problem is, you can’t just eliminate third-hand smoke by airing out rooms, opening windows, using fans or air conditioners, or confining smoking to only certain areas of a home. There’s a growing body of research suggesting that third-hand smoke can cause DNA damage, and that some chemicals present in it are the most potent carcinogens.
You get all these consequences, along with an increased risk of cancer, stroke, heart disease and other chronic health problems if you don’t stop smoking today.