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Don't Smoke Your Life Away


Advertisements may portray smoking as being cool and stylish, but underneath this false image lies hidden dangers: take one puff of the cigarette and you would have breathed in more than 4,000 chemicals, many of which arc harmful to your body. If you think that smoking is something that you can easily give up when you want to you are wrong.

Speak to any smoker who bas tried and you will realise that it is not as simple as it seems. So, if you don't smoke, don't start! Smoking is linked to many diseases. If had breath and smelly clothes do not already put you off, these hard facts will:

Cancer

  • 90 per cent of lung cancers are caused by smoking.
  • The risk of getting lung cancer increases with the number of cigarettes smoked per day. Peoplc who smoke one pack a day are 10 times more likely to get lung cancer than non-smokers; those who smoke two packs a day may increase their risk by more than 25 times.
  • Most people with lung caner die within 5 years.

Heart Attacks And Strokes

  • Smokers are 3-4 times more likely to get heart attacks than non-smokers.
  • Smoking is responsible hr 40 per cent of all deaths from heart attacks before the age of 65.
  • The risk of getting strokes also increases with smoking.

Ulcers

  • Stomach and intestinal ulcers are twice as common in smokers compared to non-smokers.

Infertility And Foetal Problems

  • Tobacco reduces fertility in both males and females.
  • Women who smoke are more likely to have babies who are underweight at birth, premature and slow learners.
  • They are also more likely to have miscarriages and stillborn babies.

Harmful Chemicals In Cigarettes

Tar

Tar is a cancer-causing substance which sticks to the lining of the mouth, air passage and lungs. In addition to causing lung cancer and other cancers, it also stains teeth and causes bad breath.

Nicotine

Nicotine is a stimulant which increases the heart rate. It also causes hand tremors and raises the blood pressure. Nicotine's addictive.

Carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide is found in car exhaust fumes. It is a deadly gas which hampers the ability of your red blood cells to carry oxygen to the different parts of your body, including your brain.

Passive Smoking

Breathing in smoke from other people's cigarettes is known as passive smoking. Studies have shown that passive smokers are at increased risk of getting many harmful diseases like lung cancers and bronchitis. So, stand up for your right to smoke-free air!

If You Want To Quit

  • Write down all your reasons for wanting to quit smoking e.g. decrease stamina, etc.
  • Throw away your cigarettes and lighters.
  • Avoid people who smoke and places where you may be tempted to smoke.
  • If you smoke and places where you may be tempted to smoke.
  • If you smoke to relax, find other ways of relaxing such as taking up a hobby or exercising.
  • Stay healthy - exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet.
  • Cut down on coffee, tea and alcohol as they can make you crave for a cigarette.
  • Treat yourself to something you like with the money you have saved by not spending on cigarettes.
  • Talk to friends and family members - they can give you support during this period.
 

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