Although we are now much more conscious of the dangers of smoking, and a number of countries and states have introduced anti smoking laws, approximately 1 billion members of the world’s population are still smokers. And more are joining their numbers every day. Smoking in the richer countries tends to be seen more often in lower socio-economic groups. The problem is now so acute that governments and schools run courses to educate children about the dangers in the hope of preventing them from taking up smoking.
So how can we define the dangers of smoking? It has been proved to be the of many serious
diseases,including bronchitis, emphysema,ulcers and many forms of cancer. We all know that smoking causes lung cancer, but not so many people know that it can also be responsible for cancers of the bladder, kidneys, pancreas and liver, as well as more obvious parts of the body such as the throat and mouth. Diseases of the cardiovascular system are also directly related to smoking, amongst them heart attacks and strokes. did you know that as many as 300 people in the United Kingdom and over 1000 in the US die every day as a result of illnesses caused by smoking? Sadly, a high proportion of these deaths are relatively young people and they could all be avoided.
Smoking also leads to a lot of illnesses which are not so critical, but still cause a lot of discomfort and distress, as well as time off work and medical bills. If we take a look at some broader smoking statistic, we can see that in the wealthier, that is more highly developed parts of the planet, 2 million people die annually because they smoked and the shocking truth is that more than 50% of those people were in the 35 to 69 age range. The effects of smoking are far reaching, not only can they destroy the lives of smokers, but can also have a devastating effect on their loved ones.
Smoking not only has a detrimental effect on your health, it also has a negative effect on your looks, especially your face which will develop wrinkles earlier in life than otherwise. Heavy smokers also have horrible stains on their fingers.
If you are determined to to quit smoking but having a tough time of it, you’ll find that there are a huge range of smoking cessation methods out there. If you want to give up smoking, take some time to look at them all and then choose the one which you feel most comfortable with. A smoking addiction doesn’t usually disappear overnight and so you’ll need all the support you can get from professionals and friends.
The risks of cigarette smoking are undisputed and although everyone has the right to choose, it is important to think about smoking, why you are doing it, how it is affecting you and then weigh up the enjoyment you receive from cigarettes against the damage they are doing to your health. Once you are fully aware of the dangers of smoking, you must decide if it’s worth continuing.