Smoking is the most hazardous habit that affects many parts of our body. The reason that many smokers want to quit smoking but cannot is because of the addictive nature of nicotine. Once you overcome this addiction, you can defeat the smoking villain easily.
Let us see how smoking affects our health:
- The lungs are damaged.
- It increases the risk of cancer in lungs, mouth. Larynx and esophagus.
- Heart attack and heart block
- Risk of stroke
- Discolored teeth
- Prematurely aged skin
- Stomach ulcer
- Increased risk of infertility and impotency
- Earlier menopause in women
- Increased risk of miscarriages
- Anxiety disorders.
The above mentioned is not the end of the list. The list of the dangers is never complete. It affects all parts from head to toe.
The other important effect of smoking other than your own health hazards is that it affects your near and dear ones. If you are a family man or woman and if you love your family, it is high time you quit smoking because the smoke affects your family members indirectly. This is called passive smoking. Do you want your family members to suffer because of you? Think twice before you light your next cigarette.
The next important thing is smoking eats off all the money in your wallet and empties it. Add up all the money you spend on cigarettes for a week. You will be surprised to note how much you can do and how much you can buy with the amount. Imagine how much your family will love if you take them on a weekend trip instead. Your financial status will surely improve once you quit smoking.
Do you know the consequences of quitting smoking? A study conducted by experts has proved that
- Within twenty minutes the blood pressure returns to normal.
- The carbon mono oxide levels return to normal within 24 hours.
- Blood circulation improves in two months.
- The risk of heart attack is reduced in a year.
- You will be relieved of nagging smoker’s cough and shortness of breath in a few months.
You must remember that it is easy to fight against smoking habit than fighting against the disease and death later. We all know ‘prevention is better than cure.’ So don’t wait till your life is endangered. When you take the next puff from your cigarette, don’t forget that your family needs you, your love and your good health. Don’t deprive your children of their dreams and ambitions.
There are many programs available to quit smoking. There are a lot of tips that are suggested by former smokers, doctors and psychologic counselors. All these will surely help you in quitting, but sheer determination is the last straw to break the camel’s neck.
Strong willingness to quit smoking is the ultimate weapon. Unless and until you realize the adverse effects and what it does to you and people around you, and sincerely take efforts, your program of quitting will never succeed.
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