5 Reasons to Quit Smoking

Dr. Amar Amale    01-06-2017 Consult

To quit smoking is to literally gain a new lease on life. There's no single thing you can do to your body on a regular basis that's as negative as smoking. Why should you stop smoking? That's the question that kicks off every attempt at smoking cessation. Here are five overwhelming reasons to quit smoking for good.
If you're planning on having a child, smoking will dramatically lower your odds. Inhaling cigarette smoke plays havoc with your reproductive system and sex organs. Men who smoke may have difficulty getting an erection and have lowered sperm count. Women run the risk of developing cervical cancer and may have difficulties conceiving. Smoking while pregnant increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth.
2.You're losing serious money
Cigarette packs are expensive and invariably after every budget you buy a cigarette pack, the prices add up. If you try to argue that health is not too high on your list of priorities, but maybe money is. Take a good hard look at all of the real and hidden costs of smoking and you may just think twice before lighting up again. Keep in mind that tobacco companies and government are only ones that benefit from the sale of tobacco.
It's notoriously hard to quit smoking and no wonder; studies suggest that nicotine is as addictive as heroin and cocaine. It takes eight seconds for nicotine to reach the brain where it affects chemicals called dopamine and noradrenalin, changing your mood and temporarily reducing feelings of stress.
4. Cigarette Butt Waste
Cigarette butts are the most commonly discarded piece of waste worldwide. It is estimated that 1.69 BILLION pounds of butts wind up as toxic trash each year, creating an enormous environmental, health, and economic burden. Contrary to popular belief, cigarette butts are NOT biodegradable! Cigarette butt waste is a huge environmental issue, with a global impact - it is both unsightly and unhealthy.
5.What's in a cigarette? A lot apparently!
There are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes. When burned, they create more than 7,000 chemicals. At least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are poisonous.
i)Acetone - found in nail polish remover
ii)Acetic Acid - an ingredient in hair dye
iii)Ammonia - a common household cleaner
ix)Formaldehyde - embalming fluid
iv)Arsenic - used in rat poison
v)Benzene - found in rubber cement
vii)Cadmium - active component in battery acid
vi)Butane - used in lighter fluid
viii)Carbon Monoxide - released in car exhaust fumes
x)Hexamine - found in barbecue lighter fluid
Is mild cigarette less harmful?
The composition of smoke from regular and 'mild' ones is largely the same. The only difference is the amount of smoke inhaled per puff by the smoker which is believed to be less with 'milder' ones. The impact of these cigarettes is same as those of regular ones because it is the result of cumulative 'dose' of smoking over years that leads to health problems.