Every single study ever done on smoking shows that this harmful habit causes lung cancer and increases the risk of all types of cancer. It also causes heart disease, lung disease, lowers your immune function and finally, shortens your lifespan.
However, that’s not all. Smoking is also associated with:
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Weaker bones
- Gum disease.
Finally, know that smoking is linked to 69 types of cancer, including:
- Lung cancer
- Cancer of the mouth
- Throat cancer
- Cancer of the esophagus
- Cervical cancer
- Cancer of the stomach
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer, and others.
What’s In a Cigarette
If this wasn’t enough to make you stop smoking, know that cigarettes contain more than 4,000 distinct chemicals, none of which are beneficial for health. In fact, most of the chemicals found in cigarettes have highly negative effects on human DNA.
Some of the health-destroying chemicals present in your cigarette are:
How to Quit Smoking
Most ex-smokers become active smokers again at some point in their lives. To kick this awful habit for good, consider the following. If you quit smoking:
- You’ll be doing a world of good for your health;
- You’ll live longer;
- You’ll protect your family and friends;
- You’ll smell better;
- Your skin, hair and nails will look better;
- You’ll save money;
- You’ll protect your environment.
When you decide to quit smoking, write down this or a similar list of benefits you’ll experience once you get rid of cigarettes. If necessary, re-write the list whenever you think of lighting one.
- If you smoke to de-stress yourself, find a healthier alternative. Try yoga, meditation, jogging, walking your dogs, or anything else that doesn’t involve smoking.
- If you have strong withdrawals, try nicotine-replacement therapy.
- Choose your reward for not smoking – when you quit, you’ll be surprised at how much money you have saved, so buy yourself something nice as a reward.
- Finally, be optimistic about your decision and patient with yourself.