Since introduced into the market, it has become one of the most common products that cause serious health-related issues today. Cigarettes can cause diseases such as heart disease, stroke, reduced fertility, and even cancer. Not only that, a smoker’s life expectancy reduces on average by up to 14 years. Not only that, the World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that 1.2 million non-smokers die each year due to exposure to second-hand smoke. So not only are you harming yourself but also those around you as well.
Furthermore, not only does smoking harm your health, but it can also harm you financially as well. The average cost of a pack of 25 cigarettes is close to $40.00. If you smoke pack a day you could be easily spending over $1000.00 per month! That is a car payment, entertainment, and more money in your bank at the end of each month - and if you have or are planning to get health and life insurance, you will be paying more.
Smoking also contributes to fertility problems in both men and women. Tobacco along with all the other chemicals found in cigarettes damages the female reproductive system and affects hormone levels - while males are at risk of erectile dysfunction and the quality of the sperm is affected as well. If you are pregnant and smoking, you are increasing complications such as a miscarriage, preterm delivery, damaging the fetus’s organs including the brain and nervous system, and also increasing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
Smoking can also cause the following: A weakened immune system, increase of Type 2 diabetes, vision problems, double the risk of gum disease, unhealthy skin, loss of hair, as well as a loss of taste with the list going on. It is important to know what you are doing to your body and your wallet which is why the sooner you quit, the better your life will become.
Quitting smoking can be difficult but it needs to be done. Smoking is threatening to your health because the burning of tobacco creates tar and harmful chemicals which you then inhale into your lungs. It does not just affect your lungs but your whole body, including your heart, oral health, bones, skin, and many more as stated above. You can switch to an alternative like vaping in the meantime to slowly cut down on the cigarettes and eventually quit. Vaping is not considered harmless but only contains a handful of ingredients (including nicotine) which is said to be up to 95% less harmful than smoking cigarettes.