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9 Reasons To Quit Smoking Right Now!

Updated on March 4, 2014
Quit smoking motivation
Quit smoking motivation

Reduction of smell and taste

The chemicals present in cigarettes act as irritants of the oral mucosa, which dries and increases the keratin layer. Smoking causes changes in taste buds, which prevents the smoker feel the real taste of food. Moreover, cigarette smoking is harmful to the olfactory mucosa since the temperature can lead to injuries that alter the smell.

Gastrointestinal Diseases

Digestion is already impaired due to the change in taste. To complete the disaster nicotine in the digestive system lead to the decrease of contraction of the stomach and causes irritation. The continuous cigarette use weakens the muscle that prevents backflow, which increases the contact with the gastric acid and esophageal mucosa.

"The chains of habit are generally too
weak to be felt, until they are too
strong to be broken."

Samuel Johnson

Wrinkles and aged skin

Besides the yellow teeth and bad breath, skin tends to age faster in smokers. There are some studies of twins in which only one had the habit of smoking, which showed that as someone who smokes could appear up to eight years older than his brother. This happens because the skin decreases collagen production and loses shine and elasticity. The early appearance of wrinkles also leaves the skin with a brown or yellowish appearance.

Vision Problems

According to the National Cancer Institute, smokers have twice the risk of cataracts. The harmful effects of smoking are also associated with falling eyelids. This can result in a reduction of the visual field and the onset of Graves disease.

Beneficial effects of moderate drinking is reduced considerably.

Evidence comes from a study by the University of Cambridge with 22 000 participants. According to scientists, moderate drinking (three to 14 drinks per week) reduces the chances of a stroke, i.e a 37% reduction in the risk of stroke. Yet, smokers who consumed a similar amount of alcohol had no such decline in their chances for the course. Remember also that it was proven that people who smoke have a 64% higher risk of having an accident stroke than those who never smoked.

"Your life is governed by your habits.
Your habits are governed by you."

Walter M. Germain

Mouth cancer

95% of patients with oral cancer smoke. The reason is the composition of tobacco: It is produced by some 4,700 toxic chemicals, 60 carcinogens. This tangle of harmful elements in smoking is also responsible for many other cancers, primarily in the larynx, esophagus and lung. Nicotine disrupts the bony part of the mouth and damage the natural aesthetic red gum. The tooth enamel is covered with tar. It penetrates the enamel surface and cause browning them.

Alteration of gene functions

Exposure to cigarette smoke alters cell formation due to the impairment of the function of some genes, according to a study by the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in the United States. Scientists analyzed 1,200 people and identified 323 genes that undergo changes when converting genetic information on cell functions because of cigarette smoke. These changes have a negative influence on the immune system and a strong involvement in the process of cell death and cancer development.

"I stopped smoking. When I stopped smoking, my voice changed... so drastically, I couldn't believe it myself." Bob Dylan
"I stopped smoking. When I stopped smoking, my voice changed... so drastically, I couldn't believe it myself." Bob Dylan

Infertility in women and men

In women, smoking can cause: anticipation of menopause, increased menstrual irregularities, hormonal changes, lower quality eggs and embryos and difficulty of implanting the egg, women who smoke have a lower success rate and need twice as many attempts on average compared to non-smokers, to achieve a pregnancy treatment. In men, Cigarette affects the formation and decrease the mobility of sperm fertilization potential and increase oxidative stress (free radicals).

Maternity Complications

Miscarriages, premature births, low birth weight babies, stillbirths, complications with the placenta and bleeding occur more frequently when a pregnant woman smokes.According to INCA, a single cigarette smoked by a pregnant woman is capable of accelerating in a few minutes, the heartbeat of the fetus, due to the effect of nicotine in your cardiovascular system.Women who smoke during pregnancy are at greater risk of having hyperactive children with attention problems. Babies who live directly with smokers are more likely to die without any apparent cause. Its called as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

All things considered, would you like to give up smoking?

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      Sue Pratt 4 years ago from New Orleans

      I enjoyed this hub. Lots of food for thought for smokers.