The health concerns of smoking have been well documented for many years. Every day our TV, radio and newspapers tell us how bad smoking is for our health. At home, friends and loved ones constantly remind those who smoke of the risks of smoking. These negative health repercussions include:
- Risk of cancer of the lung, nose, mouth, larynx, esophagus, liver, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, cervix, bone marrow, colon and rectum.
- Respiratory conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma and pneumonia.
- Autoimmune disease.
- Increased blood pressure.
- Coronary damage, including increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
- Reproductive issues, such as impotence and increased risk of stillbirth.
Outside of the internal damage caused by smoking, there are many risks of smoking that impact upon your appearance. Your physical appearance can suffer greatly from wrinkles, uneven skin tone, broken capillaries, stained teeth and gum diseases as a result of smoking.
In addition to the physical dangers the greater risks of smoking is the negative effect smoking can have on your social life. In Australia, all Government building, clubs, pubs, shopping centers, businesses and restaurants are completely smoke-free zones. This can make it challenging to spend time with friends and loved ones if you want to light up a cigarette. It’s difficult to smoke during working hours. Likewise, if you are taking a trip, flying locally or internationally, it is difficult to smoke. People are becoming less and less tolerant of smokers. It’s a paradox really, most smokers started smoking to join their mates who were smoking, while now smokers need to quit smoking to join the groups of non-smokers. One of the greatest risks of smoking is losing your social connections.
Benefits of Quitting Smoking
Good news! Despite the health concerns that come with smoking, there are an equal number of benefits of non-smoking. You can reverse many of the effects smoking has on your body with every cigarette that you choose to not have. We often hear about the risks of smoking, but we rarely hear about the variety of benefits and effects of quitting cigarettes. By living a smoke free life, you will reduce your risk of heart disease. Giving up cigarettes will reduce your risk of getting various cancers. Becoming a permanent non-smoker will increase your libido. And that’s just to name a few!
You will gain the energy and stamina that will allow you to live your life to the fullest. You’ll have more energy to play with your kids, go to the gym, or walk the dog. Most importantly, you can live your life knowing that your second hand smoke won’t affect those that you love.