26 amazing reasons to quit smoking today

Here is a complete A-Z of reasons to quit smoking today!


Based on an article from this winters "The Advisor" Magazine, we take a look at 26 reasons to make quit smoking a priority.

Amputation

thousands of smokers each year have to have limbs amputated due to the effects of peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD, which is 10-16 times more common in smokers than in people who have never smoked, causes narrowing of the arteries and reduced blood flow to the extremities. Tissue starved of oxygen can ulcerate and eventually develop gangrene.

Bad breath

smoking reduced the production of saliva and increases the risk of periodontal disease. The result can be a significant rise in the anaerobic bacteria that cause halitosis.

COPD

chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease is an umbrella term covering chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Estimated to affect 3.7 million people in the UK, COPD kills around 30,000 people each year. The most common cause of COPD is smoking.


Dermatological Problems

Skin conditions associated with smoking include hidradentis, suppurativa, palmoplantar pustulosis, psoriasis, a type of skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) and Buerger disease.

Eye Disease

the two biggest causes of blindness are cataracts (in the developing world) and macular degradation (in the developed world). Both are linked to smoking. Smokers develop cataracts at a younger age than non-smokers and their risk raises with both the amount they smoke and the length of time they have been smoking. Macular degredation becomes more likely the more the person smokes. It has also been linked with passive smoking.

Financial Strife

the average price of a pack of 20 cigarettes is currently around £7. A 20-a-day addiction will cost over £2,500 a year. But the personal cost of smoking doesn't stop there. Hidden costs include increases home, car and life assurance premiums and reduced resale value of smoke-damaged cars and homes.


Get back in control

for many smokers, cigarettes rule their lives. Get back in control and prove to yourself who rules your life.

Heart Disease

deaths from coronary heart disease are 60 per cent higher in smokers (80 per cent in heavy smokers) compared to non-smokers. Around one in five premature deaths from heart and circulatory disease are linked to smoking.

Impotence

around 120,000 UK men in their 30's and 40's are estimated to be needlessly impotent as a result of smoking. One recent study found that men were 23 per cent more likely to suffer erectile dysfunction as a result of smoking.


Justify spending

the money on things you want - such as holidays, cars and other expensive things. The average smoker of 20 a day spends £2700 a year which we're sure could be used in a much more rewarding way!

Kidney Disease

several renal conditions have been linked with smoking. These include atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis, ischemic nephropathy and renal cell carcinoma. Diabetic nephropathy and primary renal diseases in patients without diabetes appear to progress more aggressively in patients who smoke.

Lung Cancer

the link between smoking and lung cancer was first shown over 50 years ago. Today it is estimated that 86 per cent of lung cancer deaths in the UK are due to tobacco smoking.


Menopause Problems

women who smoke are more likely to experience an early menopause, with heavy smokers nearly twice as likely as non-smokers to go through the change before the age of 45

Nonsmokers

have stronger bones than smokers. Women smokers have been found to lose 2.3% to 3.3% of bone mineral density for every 10 pack-years of tobacco use. The effects are even worse in postmenopausal women.

Oral Cancer

on average, smokers have a three-fold increased risk of oral cancer. Quitting smoking reduced the risk, but it takes 20 years or longer before the risk returns to that of a non-smoker.


Passive Smoking

non-smokers exposed to passive smoking at home or in their occupation have several health risks; for example their risk of lung cancer is raised by about a quarter. Before the smoking ban came into force in 2007 it was estimated that exposure to smoke at work was responsible for the deaths of more than two people per working day.

Quality of Life

- A 25-year-old who smokes can expect to lose 10 to 11 QALYs (quality adjusted life years) compared to a person who has never smoked. A QALY is a measure of the number of healthy, disability-free years of life; it's a way of looking at the total impact of a risk factor - in this case smoking - on quality of life.

Overall

one in two regular smokers will eventually be killed by their tobacco addiction.


Respiratory Diseases

breathing problems due to smoking aren't confined to lung cancer. Both active and passive smoking are risk factors for community-acquired pneumonia, and there's a strong link between smoking and tuberculosis. More commonly, smoking exacerbates asthma, and yet in an Asthma UK survey, as many as 22 per cent of people with asthma said they had smoked in the previous six months. Exposure to second-hand smoke is also known to trigger the development of asthma among children living with smoking parents.

Stroke

people who smoke are up to three times more likely to have a stroke than non-smokers. A smoker with high blood pressure is five times more likely to have a stroke than a smoker with normal blood pressure and 20 times more likely than a non-smoker with normal blood pressure

Taste

senses of both taste and smell are impaired by smoking. This can significantly reduce the enjoyment of food and drink.


Unborn Babies

smoking while pregnant raises the risk of morning sickness, miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, low birth weight (smokers' babies are an average of 200g lighter than those of non-smokers), cot death and infant infections.

Venous Thromboembolism

Each year 25,000 people in the UK are killed by a blood clot in a vein. A male heavy smoker is 49 per cent more likely to suffer a clot than a non-smoker.

Wrinkles

there is a strong link between smoking and the development of premature facial wrinkling. This becomes evident after 11 years of smoking but can be seen developing at a microscopic level much earlier.


Xclusion

once considered a sociable habit, smoking is increasingly being pushed to the margins of everyday life. Banned in 2007 from enclosed public places and the workplace, smoking is now carried out huddled in doorways or out on the street. This can be a powerful motive to quit.

Yellow Teeth

tobacco stains on teeth and fingers are some of the most obvious disfiguring effects of smoking.

Zzzzzz

stopping smoking is proven to help people sleep as they aren't having a stimulant before bed! If you're suffering from lack of sleep or feeling constantly tired, this may be one of the contributory factors.



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