It is a known fact that tobacco is one of the most dangerous products of our time. Have you ever sat down and thought about what you are putting into your body when you light that cigarette and inhale? Have you ever thought about the consequences you will have to face in your life and how it will affect those around you as you smoke your cigarette on your porch drinking your morning coffee?
Many smokers don't think about it, they think nothing will happen to them. There are many people who have thought this and have unfortunately died or become disabled in some way as a result of their tobacco use.
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What is in tobacco?
There are more than 4,000 chemicals in cigarettes and their smoke. A carcinogen is a cancer causing poison found in tobacco, to name a few like methanol, carbon monoxide, tar, formaldehyde, cyanide and ammonia that cause major damage to your entire body. The CDC explains carbon monoxide keeps red blood cells from getting the full load of oxygen needed for healthy cellular growth. This encourages the carcinogens in tobacco to bind to the cells throughout your body and cause cellular damage.
Chemicals found in tobacco are comparable to those found in poisons to kill rodents. So why would you smoke a cigarette? Cigarette labels warn you of the effects of smoking and yet people still smoke? Bottles of rodent killer also produce the same warnings, yet people will not put that in their mouth?
The Reality of the Choice to Smoke
There are both short and long term effects of smoking. Poor lung function is why a smoker suffers from shortness of breath and nagging coughs. This is the cause of tiring quickly from physical activity. The chemicals also lessen the ability to smell or taste. It has cosmetic effects causing your skin to age faster, creating wrinkles, as well as yellow teeth and bad breath.
The CDC and Department of Health and Human Services warns that smoking cause's cancer, heart disease, stroke, and lung diseases (including emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction).
In 2004, it was recorded that in the 40 years leading up to then it had caused 12 million deaths. Amongst those 12 million deaths the causes were all from those listed above, except for an approximate 94,000 deaths. Those 94,000 deaths were those of infants who died as a result of smoking during pregnancy.
It's Your Choice
Quitting is a choice, and it is yours to make. The choice might be easy but the follow through is the more difficult part. Breaking a habit is never easy, especially an addictive one. There are many tools that can assist you in quitting, support groups, medicine, and nicotine replacement therapy to name a few. So make the right choice, and make the clear choice.