Top 10 Reasons Why you should Quit Smoking Now
“I didn’t start it for quitting, but I couldn’t understand when this habit became an addiction; and considering all these health issues I was facing, I quit smoking 6 months back and I feel alive today” said my old friend when I met him last week after two years. It is not so difficult to quit smoking, just a few efforts and a good will power that everyone holds; it is in your hand you just need to take one more step. Do you feel this habit is now an addiction for you and day by day you are getting more and more health problems? My dear friend, this is the time to quit it. You can’t make it occasionally, because sometimes we just create occasions to smoke. The better way is to quit it! Here are 10 reasons why should you quit it.
10. Invitations to Impotency
Impotency or erectile dysfunction is another reason. According to a study of nearly 5000 Chinese men showed that people who smoke a pack per day are 60% more likely to suffer from impotence than those who never smoked. Overall, 15% of past and present smokers had experienced impotency. If you care about your sex life and if you are concerned about your bedroom performance, stop lighting up cigarettes.
9. Smoking muffles sleep
Sleep is very necessary for proper functioning of our brain and body. There is a study that sums up effects of smoking on sleep. Lighting up more cigarettes can make you insomniac. As the study says smokers are four times more likely to get non-restorative sleep than those who don’t smoke and researchers says that nicotine is the main reason. Stimulant properties of nicotine make it difficult to shut eye. Our Brain needs one complete month to adjust sleep cycle if you miss sleep of two hours. Sleep deprivation invites various problems including diabetes, headache, and increase in stress hormone levels. Love your sleep to avoid these effects.
8. Loss of Memory!!
Generally loss of memory occurs when you grow older, but a study shows that people who smoke start losing their memory in early age. A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that smoking in middle age is linked to memory problems and slide in reasoning abilities and learning power. Another study by a team at North Umbria University has shown that people who smoke could lose around one third of their everyday memory. We knew that smoking affects retrospective memory but these results are more shocking as the researchers said. Don’t let smoking cloud your mind. Clean it up!
7. Maternal Smoking Risks
Can you imagine the effect of passive smoking on babies?? European analysis shows that smoking increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). 16% of SIDS deaths are linked to bed sharing, but for unknown reasons bed sharing was particularly risky when the mother smoked. The researchers compared 745 SIDS cases with more than 2,400 live babies for comparison and concluded that just under half of all deaths were attributable to infants sleeping on their stomachs or sides. Are you still going to smoke?
6. You are making others sick
Secondhand smoke contains more than 4000 chemicals, many of which are initial toxins, and some of which are known to cause cancer. Breathing in someone else’s cigarette smoke (Passive smoking) can increase the risk of cancer and other health problems and more harmful particularly for children. Passive smoking may develop asthma in children; it can cause serious respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and pneumonia. It might be shocking to hear but according to a study conducted in 2005 by the California Environmental protection agency, passive smoking increases the risk of breast cancer in younger, primarily premenopausal woman by 70%. Secondhand smoke is responsible for 35000 to 40000 deaths per year. Do you really wish to make others suffer these extreme problems because of your smoking addiction?
5. Heart diseases
By smoking, you bear a risk of sudden cardiac death two to four times more than a non-smoker. If you are already suffering from a few minor heart issues and have a family history of heart disease, smoking will make it happen for you, it will increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The nicotine in the cigarettes causes your body vessels to release adrenaline which makes your heart beat faster raising your blood pressure. In the United States, smoking is also known as “the most important of the known modifiable risk factors for coronary heart disease”. Take care of your heart!
Cancer! Being a smoker you are 14 times more likely to die of lung cancer, 14 times more likely to die of mouth and throat cancer and twice as likely to die of bladder cancer. Either as a direct cause or as a contributing factor, smoking is active in 30% of all cancers. The leading cause of premature, preventable disease and death in US is cigarette smoking. According to a research in 2010, women who smoked for 25 years or more were twice as likely to develop ovarian cancer as women who had never smoked. Do you even know the pain one suffers with oral and throat cancer? The tissues inside the mouth are initially painless but later develop a burning sensation or pain where the tumor is advanced. It presents a non-healing ulcer. Tobacco use is considered to be responsible for 85% of head and neck cancers. Quit smoking otherwise you will die a horrible, diseases-ridden death. Do the right thing!
3. Saves Money
An average smoker who smokes 2 or 3 cigarettes a day spends 18 to 30 Rs a day. That becomes nearly 1000 bucks a month. And a person who smokes one packet a day spends more than 3000 bucks a month. Obviously there is no reason to spend a lot of money on such habit which makes you weak day by day. If you started smoking at an early age, your total lifetime saving will be more than 1050000 Rs. You can save this significant amount of money for other important things. There are good ways to spend your money too. Also, life insurance premium of a non-smoker is substantially lower than that of a smoker, which would provide even more savings.
2. For those who Care about You
If anybody cares about you, they will never ever allow you to do anything that kills you slowly. Being a smoker, you frighten the people in your life. Is this what you will give to people who love you? Everyone who lives here hold a reason to live, do you have one? Your family, friends, your love; won’t you care for them? Consequences of smoking are not hypothetical, they are real and dangerous. By continuing to smoke you are giving an invitation to early and painful death. Do you really wish to do so? Think twice, and act wise! Don’t make them suffer who loves you.
1. Saves Years and Quality of Life
A research by Internal Medicine states that non-smokers live on average 10 years longer than smokers do. They enjoyed a higher and better quality of life than a smoker, throughout their lifetime. You can’t pay a small price as early death for your priceless lifetime pleasures. Most of the smokers believe in having fun at this moment than living few extra years. Please think of it once, think of yourself. Check your will power; demonstrate your self-respect by quitting smoking. Love yourself first before you can love others. Take a decision and act on it. You need to live your life and love it, live more, and have a quality of life in it.