Harms of smoking

It is important to decide for yourself that you want to quit. Many people have mixed feelings about this – it is normal to both want to quit and want to continue tobacco use. Below is a list of reasons that might help you quit for good:

A cigarette’s smell and bitter taste can override the taste of other foods. And smokers have fewer and less sensitive taste buds on their tongues than people who do not smoke.1

Cigarette smoke has a powerful odor that makes clothing and hair smell long after a cigarette was extinguished.

Secondhand smoke causes disease and premature death in children and adults who do not smoke. Specifically, it can cause lung cancer, heart disease, respiratory tract infections in infants and children, and it can aggravate asthma symptoms.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) lists tobacco smoke as a harmful toxin for pets based on many research studies. For example, a study at Tufts University found that cats living with smokers are twi as likely to develop malignant lymphoma.

If smokers multiply the amount of money they spend on cigarettes each day by 365 (the number of days in a year), the total may surprise them. That’s a lot of money each year they could be spending on other things:bills, hobbies, vacations, college funds, etc. And the health benefits of quitting smoking mean they also will save money on health care costs in the future.

Each night, a smoker’s body goes through withdrawal from nicotine which leads to sleep disturbances.

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