Talk About it Tuesday

Top 10 reasons to Quit for GoodQuit_Smoking_WordCloud

  • Improve Your Overall Health – Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body.  Half of all smokers will end up dying from a smoking-related illness.
  • Prevent Cancer – Not only can smoking cause lung cancer, but is also linked to a higher risk for many other cancers (mouth, nose, sinuses, lip, voice box, throat, esophagus, bladder, pancreas, ovary, cervix, any many others).
  • Prevent Lung Disease – Smoking greatly increases your risk of getting long-term lung diseases like emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
  • Protect Yourself from Increased Risk of Heart Attacks, Strokes, and Blood Vessel Disease – Smokers are twice as likely to die from heart attacks as non-smokers. Smoking is a major risk factor for peripheral vascular disease and strokes.
  • Reduce Risk of Smoking-related Complications During Pregnancy – Women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to miscarry or have a low birth-weight baby, which can lead to birth defects, developmental delays, and even increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Protect Children  from  Secondhand Smoke – Secondhand smoke causes a number of health conditions in children, including middle ear infections, more severe asthma, and respiratory infections.
  • Live Longer – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in the 1990’s that adult male smokers lost an average of 13.2 years of life. Female smokers were estimated to lose 14.5 years of life.
  • Preserve Your Eyesight – Smoking increases the risk of macular degeneration, one of the common causes for blindness in older people.
  • Save Your Own Skin – Smoking deprives the living skin tissue of oxygen by causing constriction of the blood vessels, which speeds the aging process causing premature wrinkles.
  • Save Money – The American Cancer Society has created a Cost of Smoking Calculator to show people just how much money can be saved by quitting.

What are you waiting for? Find resources to help you quit in this Guide_to_Quitting 2013

Sources:

“Why Should I Quit?” Why Should I Quit? American Cancer Society, 09 Sept. 2013. Web. 19 Nov. 2013.

CDC Vital Signs – Smoking & Secondhand Smoke.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 07 Sept. 2010. Web. 19 Nov. 2013

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