Smoking is one of the leading causes in preventable diseases and deaths, though nearly 480,000 deaths occur every year every year (equivalent to 1 in every 5 deaths.) It is estimated that nearly 40 million adults in the United States alone currently smoke cigarettes though. The reasons to quit smoking are endless; immediate results include whiter teeth, lower blood pressure, and everyday activities become much easier (such as climbing stairs.) However, the long term effects are reasons enough to quit.
One reason to quit is that smoking is expensive. Multiply the amount you spend for cigarettes a day by 365. That is how much you spend for cigarettes a year. Multiply that by the amount of years you’ve been smoking, and that’s the amount you’ve spent so far on smoking. After several years of smoking, you have to add the medical costs to this. You’d be surprised at how expensive it will become.
The health benefits of quitting smoking are far greater than any risks from the emotional or psychological problems that may follow quitting. You have people you can turn to in times of need, and they’ll always be happy to help.
- Smoking shortens a person’s life by nearly 12 years.
- Smoking accounts for about 30% of all cancer deaths in the United States
- Smoking is a risk factor in cancers of the mouth, voice box, throat, kidney, liver, and many more
- Smoking leads to COPD, which makes it hard for the person to breath, even at rest. In later stages, the person may gasp for breath, feeling as though they are drowning.
- Smoking also causes premature skin aging, decrease of sense of smell and taste, lower bone density, frequent headaches, and many more.
The reasons to quit smoking are endless; but the major reason is your loved ones. You need to set an example for your friends and family. Most smokers say they don’t want their children to smoke, though children of smokers are more likely to smoke. Loved ones want to see you in a better condition, and they’d be happy to help you on you journey.