Reasons to Quit Smoking

500,000 people die a year from Emphazema and Cancer

A smokers risk of dying from a heart attack is two to four times greater than in non-smokers.

The smell of stale cigarettes stays in your hair and clothes, your home, car and work place. It also gives you bad breath.

Smokers have more wrinkles, pale and ashen skin, yellowing teeth, fingers with the tell tale nicotine brown area.

People who smoke are twice as likely to become depressed. Some people actually start smoking to help with depression but it actually makes it worse.

You have black tar that is sticky building up on your lungs. This means it reduces the exchange of nutrients, oxygen and carbon dioxide between the bloodstream and the tissues. You are more apt to develop a chronic, painful coughing and have a harder time breathing. 

In some areas of the country a pack of cigarettes goes for about $9. If you only smoke one pack a day that would be nearly $3,300 a year. If you started smoking around the age of 18 and live to be 68 you will have spent about $164,250. Think of all the things you could have bought with that!

A study done by the University of Massachusetts in 2008 showed that women who started smoking before age 15 developed PMS by more than 21/2 times. Severe symptoms of headaches, backaches, severe cramps, bloating, acne, breast tenderness and mood swings. Irregular menstrual cycles are increased also. And those on birth-control pills are 50% more likely to have bleeding and spotting.

According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine females who smoke have a harder time getting pregnant. It can also cause erectile dysfunction. It can also advance the time of menopause by several years.

Cigarette smoking can cause a pregnant woman to deliver prematurely in 50% of cases. Toxins can travel into the placenta and cut oxygen flow to the baby by up to 25%. It can also cause the baby to have a lower birth weight. 

Non-smokers breath in second-hand smoke and can develop respiratory ailments, coughing and even lung cancer. And children can develop asthma.

None of us want to be a bad influence to our children but a study shows that 55% of children of parents who smoke plan to start smoking.

And if these aren't enough of a reason to quit do remember that smoking is the #1 PREVENTABLE cause of death and disease in the U.S. Smokers risk contracting such things as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease(or COPD), high cholesterol, stroke and heart disease, not to mention cancer of the lungs, mouth and throat.

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