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3 Reasons Why You Should Quit Smoking

Updated on August 31, 2012


Around the world, countless of people are addicted to smoking. Smoking is dangerous to your health according to your doctor and on your cigarette pack. As Bryan Farell posted on the website alternet.org, there are 1.2 billion smokers around the world (one-fifth of the world's population). The World Health Organization revealed that in every 6.5 seconds a current or former smoker dies. Bad news as it seems, it is predicted that smoking set to kill million people in 2015 and 8.3 millions in the next fifteen years.

Smokers don't usually consider the effect of smoking to their health in early stage. It appears that the more people telling them the hazardous effect of smoking, smokers would likely disregard the threat and continue to smoke.


There are 4000 chemical compounds found in cigarettes and 400 toxic substances.

Smoking may shorten your Life Span


The average life span of a 30 years old smoker can reach to live for 35 years, while a 30 years old non- smoker can expect to live about 53 years. Every stick of cigarettes the man consume reduces his life by 11 minutes, according to the study at University of Bristol, England. The number of total life-years lost due to cigar or pipe smoking was 4.7 years. If you want to live longer, it's never too late to quit.

Smoking can cause Heart Attack and Stroke


Cigarettes contain 1- 1.5 mg. nicotine per stick, but according to msnbc.com, the level of nicotine in the cigarettes has risen by 10% regardless of brand in the past six years. The carbon monoxide and nicotine together can be very bad for your heart. It increases heart rate, straining your heart and blood vessels. Carbon monoxide, tar and nicotine have 4000 toxic substances that would affect your over-all health in general. If you will continue your smoking habit, there are big chances that these deadly toxic substances deposit fats that will narrow and block blood vessels, which leads to heart attack.

Smoking Leads to Cancer


Year and years of studies revealed that smoking causes cancer. Lung cancer is quite common among smokers. Smokers will suffer cancer in esophagus, larynx, intestine, stomach, urethra, and most of the internal organ inside the body. It paralyzed the several parts of the body that would affect your entire health. There are one thousands and more substances that can be found in cigarettes that increase the growth of cancer.

Compared to non-smokers, people who smoke is at high risk of developing many diseases. Smoking affects not only the health of the person but also affects people's daily lives. The only option is to quit smoking before it's too late.

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      Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

      Good points. Here's one more: Smoking can really gross out your non-smoking friends. Voted up.

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      chloelozano 4 years ago

      I quit smoking after finding out I was pregnant with my first child and never looked back. I truly believe I will live longer because I no longer smoke.

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