Smoking is a hard habit to break because tobacco contains the highly addictive substance nicotine.
Smoking can also cause fertility problems and can impact sexual health in both men and women.
It affects your body's ability to produce collagen, so common sports injuries, such as damage to tendons and ligaments, will heal more slowly in smokers than nonsmokers. Smoking is one of the worst things youcan do to your body.
Unfortunately smoking rates are on the rise among young adults ages 18-to-24.
Smoking substitutes like the patch have helped many people kick the habit.
In the United States it kills over 400,000 people a year -- more than one in six people -- making it more lethal than AIDS, automobile accidents, homicides, suicides, drug overdoses, and fires combined.
Smoking a cigarette raises the blood pressure by 5-10 mm Hg for about 30 minutes.
It also increases the risk of having a stroke. Smoking also increases the risk of oral, uterine, liver, kidney, bladder, stomach, and cervical cancers, and leukaemia.
Smoking by parents following the birth is linked to sudden infant death syndrome, or cot death, and higher rates of infant respiratory illness, such as bronchitis, colds, and pneumonia.
Smoking also increases your risk of getting lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
The walls of the vessels that carry blood to the brain (carotid arteries) can be weakened by smoking, causing strokes.
Smoking also causes premature wrinkling of the skin, badbreath, bad smelling clothes and hair, yellow fingernails, and an
increased risk of macular degeneration, one of the most common causesof blindness in the elderly. .
Smoking can also aggravate many problems that people with diabetes already face, such as heart and blood vessel disease.
Smoking increases your cholesterol levels and the levels of some other fats in your blood, raising your risk of a heart attack.
Most adults who started smoking in their teens never expected to become addicted.
Surveys show that smoking rates are higher among younger age groups and people with a lower level of education.
Quitting smoking is a process that requires careful planning, courage, discipline, and commitment.
Most people who quit smoking use a combination of quit methods.
When you quit smoking you should expect some withdrawal symptoms.
In general, symptoms begin within hours of stopping smoking and can be worse in the evening.
Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to improve your life and health.
With the right combination of practice, determination and support, you will be able to stop smoking for good.
The minute you stop smoking, your body will begin cleansing itself of tobacco toxins.