Blog Post - News, Views and Tips
We all know that smoking is bad for our health and can kill us, but some people still carry on regardless, thinking they won’t get affected by ill health, and that it will happen to someone else. They seem to think that because nothing has happened yet, they can carry on!
Some of you may be waiting for a time when there is less stress in your lives and therefore put off quitting day after day, always intending to quit but never actually getting around to it. When I quit I had to make some big changes in my life that included ending friendships with people who smoked, and avoiding alcohol for a period of time until I was clean from smoking, as typically they all went together for me.
I have therefore listed a few smoking related facts just in case you are a smoker and feel like stopping, but need a little extra help and a reminder of the horrors lurking in your cigarettes. Hopefully this may help you make the decision to quit today.
1. Smoking reduces average life expectancy by seven to eight years.
2. Each cigarette shortens a smoker’s life on average by 11 minutes
3. Cigarettes contain more than 4,000 chemical compounds and hundreds of them are toxic.
4. Blood clots in the heart and brain are the most common causes of death.
5. Smoking triggers 9 out of 10 cases of cancer, and potentially fatal diseases including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
6. Smokers run an increased risk of cateracts.
7. Heavy smokers are twice as likely to get macular degeneration, resulting in a gradual loss of sight.
8. Smoking reduces your skins blood supply and depletes your body of vitamins, especially Vitamins A and C.
9. Specifically, smoking one packet a day depletes your body of 500mg of Vit C, one of the most important for life and health, yet the average daily intake is only between 60-100mg.
10. 450 children start smoking every day.
If you want to enjoy your life, have friends and family who love you and who you love, today is the day to stop, before it is too late.
If you are an ex-smoker, well done and keep up the good work!