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Puff Till You Drop

Posted on July 7, 2014 | No Comments on Puff Till You Drop

People smoke for a number of reasons – from emotional to physical, to psychological: It relieves tension and stress, it makes them feel more sophisticated, it makes them think better or gives them alertness in their work. Whatever psychotic or psychosomatic reasons they may have. it’s making the cigarette manufacturers rich. More than 5.5 trillion cigarettes are produced annually, to cater to the nicotine addiction of around 1.2 billion people, of which, according to statistics, half will suffer from chronic illnesses or die before they reach their middle age.

It is a fact that every 12.5 seconds, a person dies because of diseases caused by cigarette smoking. The health warnings are everywhere (it’s even written on the cigarette packs), but despite all the write-ups and reports regarding the hazards of cigarette smoking, countless people still love to puff that deadly smoke. Despite all the scientific studies linking it to dozens of life-threatening diseases, the number of smokers is still alarmingly high. Despite the many health and social tips published to help cigarette addicts refrain from smoking, they still can’t get it out of their system.

Well, enough said. Maybe it’s not getting to their heads. Maybe they haven’t read them all. Maybe we need to repeat the possible scenarios again and again. and again. So we thought of collecting all the possible reasons why people should quit smoking. Here are 12 of the most elaborate ones:

STAINED TEETH
Particles from cigarette smoke stain teeth brown and yellow. You may spend more on toothpaste, brushing your teeth six times a day or having synthetic enamels but it will do you less.

BAD BREATH
Chemicals left in the mouth and throat by frequent cigarette smoking cause odor-producing bacteria that become trapped in your mouth. Gum disease and tooth loss as well as sore throat, bronchitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis are also common in smokers.

BAD ODOR
Cigarette smoke has an unpleasant odor that sticks on everything from skin and hair to clothing and curtains. More importantly, cigarette smoke is also hazardous to the passive inhaler. Second-hand smoke can cause a number of diseases from bronchitis to asthma, to lung cancer.

BRITTLE BONES
The risk of osteoporosis, a crippling condition, is well-known these days. Nicotine interferes with calcium absorption, and the lack of calcium makes bones brittle. Those who smoke have lower bone mass. Studes revealed that one out of eight people who had a hip fracture suffered bone loss due to smoking. Once lost, bone density cannot be fully recovered.

LUNG CANCER
Deaths resulting from lung cancer are among the highest, and it is an established fact that cigarette smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer.

HEART DISEASE
Hemoglobin cells are designed to carry oxygen throughout the body. In smokers, oxygen molecules are displaced by the components of cigarette smoke, blocking the transfer of life-giving oxygen. This could lead to nervous disorder, coronary heart diseases and stroke.

IMPOTENCE AND STERILITY
Smoking reduces peripheral vascular flow. In other words, the blood flow necessary to attain an erection may become blocked. Research has proven that as many as one in two smoking men older than 40 have experienced impotence to some degree. In women, many studies linked smoking to sterility and frigidness.

DEPRESSION
Some people say smoking relieves stress. This is actually the opposite, more so because some chemicals present in cigarettes tend to depress the smoker. Recent scientific studies have already established the connection between smoking and depression. It does not relieve stress. it only postpones it to a greater degree.

DANGER TO INFANTS
Recent scientific studies revealed that smokes coming directly or indirectly from cigarettes are dangerous to infants. One study indicates children of women exposed to secondhand smoke two to three hours a day while pregnant have an increased risk of subtle problems with speech, language, intelligence and attention span. In another study, it was discovered that infants in households where people smoke are more than twice as likely to die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) as those in smoke-free environments.

BAD EXAMPLE TO EMULATE
Every day about 3,000 children in the United States alone become addicted to cigarette smoking. If they keep smoking, a third of them eventually will die from conditions connected to their addiction. Anti-tobacco organizations claim cigarette companies deliberately target teens and young adults in their advertising campaigns. If you smoke, you’re a walking billboard for these companies. And you are paying them.

CAUSE OF FIRE
Every year more than 100,000 fires caused by tobacco products killed thousands of people and incurred millions in property damage worldwide.

By: Ernie Lawagan

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