Smoking is the number one cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, and half of all regular smokers are killed by smoke related diseases. Smokers are 2-4 times more prone to heart attacks than non-smokers.
2. You stink!
Seriously. And the smell isn’t harmless either. If someone just smells the smoke, they’re actually breathing the cancer causing agents that are found in the smoke, either first or second hand. And it’s just as dangerous. This is called third-hand smoke. Because it saturates the clothing of those around it, you’re constantly smelling a concentrated form of the smoke, and that will cause the same illness and disease as smoking does.
3. You have 10 times more wrinkles.
Smoking accelerates aging. Smokers also have pale, ashen skin and yellowing teeth, fingers and fingernails.
4. Your lungs are full of phlegm and tar.
Smoking causes your lungs to build tar and that can create chronic coughs because of an increase of phlegm.
5. Smoking can cause depression.
A study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry followed more than 1,000 people over five years and found that smokers were twice as likely as non-smokers to be depressed. If they quit, the symptoms are less, but if they start smoking again the symptoms return.
6. It’s expensive.
Depending on where you live, a single pack of cigarettes can cost up to $9; at one pack a day, that’s almost $3,285 per year! Think about this, if you work at a job where you make $30k per year, that’s more than ten percent of your yearly income. Plus, your health insurance will cost more, or costs the company you work for more to cover, which hurts the benefits that your company could afford to offer, because you want to smoke.
7. Smoking causes infertility.
“Smoking appears to accelerate the loss of eggs and reproductive function and may advance the time of menopause by several years,” according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
8. You’ll have a difficult pregnancy.
Toxins from cigarettes travel into the placenta, which cuts oxygen flow to your baby by up to 25%.
Smoking can cause your baby to have birth defects and a lower birth weight, according to the American Lung Association. You’re also 50% more likely to deliver prematurely, according to a National Institutes of Health study.
9. Your PMS will get worse.
Women who began puffing before age 15 reported suffering from severe PMS – backaches, bloating, breast tenderness, acne, severe cramps, headaches and mood swings.
10. You’re a bad influence.
One study showed that 55% of kids whose parents were smokers planned on smoking in the future.
11. Second-hand smoke kills.
Second hand smoke causes the same illness and disease in non-smokers as it causes in those that smoke.
12. One is the loneliest number.
Smokers are being increasingly marginalized and edged out by their peers, and studies are saying that smokers are going dateless more often than those who don’t smoke.