Top 3 Effects of Smoking on Families

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

in quit smoking

Dr. Howell

Cigarette smoking may seem like a solo habit. But its effects extend way beyond the smoker alone. If someone smokes in your family, everyone else is affected. According to studies, secondhand smoke is more dangerous than the firsthand smoke. So before it’s too late, make sure you do something about it.

Expenses


Smoking is an expensive habit, especially these days when high taxes have been levied on cigarette products. The cost of tobacco has greatly doubled in the past years, which may have also contributed to the significant reduction in the number of smokers. If you are going to compute for it, a smoker who consumes one pack of cigarettes a day spends $5,475 every year. That could have been spent on utility bills, new furniture, food allowance, vacation trips, and many other things that are more important!

 Illnesses

People who smoke are at a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Also, those who are living with a smoker are at risk of these diseases because they get to inhale secondhand smoke. Smoking is considered the number one cause of preventable disease in the world, destroying millions of lives every day. If someone in your family smokes, expect to pay a higher premium fee for your family health card. Insurance companies consider smokers as high-risk individuals so they charge them high premium rates than those who do not smoke. The effects of smoking on our health are cumulative. Meaning, the more cigarettes you smoke, the more likely you will develop serious diseases. But the good news is that anyone can significantly cut the risk of poor health by quitting smoking as soon as possible. According to research, people who quit smoking by midlife extend their life expectancy by 10 years.

 Emotional Issues


Smoking can be a cause of mental and emotional distress among family members. The smoker may experience rejection from his family. He may feel that he is not understood and accepted for his ‘unhealthy’ habit. If he is not allowed to smoke at home, he will find some other place to smoke, and may become less open to his family. On the other hand, the rest of the family may feel worried for the possible consequences of tobacco not just to their smoking family member but also to every one of them. In trying to help the other stop with their habit, they may become insensitive, demanding, and less understanding.


 Helping a family member quit smoking today is essential if you want to maintain health and wellness in your home. There is a variety of smoking cessation programs that can help you or your family member quit. Seeking medical advice will make it easy for you to choose which strategy is most suitable.


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