The World Health Organization (WHO) is a leading global authority on health and disease. The international organization identifies risks to public health and offers solutions and information to reduce their harmful effects.
As COVID-19 continues to be a major focus of public health institutions, many of the other chronic diseases and causes of premature death have received less attention. But smoking remains one of the deadliest habits on the planet, responsible for eight million deaths each year. To increase the risk of tobacco use, the WHO published 100 reasons to quit smoking.
To motivate your friends, family or yourself to quit smoking, this Monday take a look at our WHO-inspired list of reasons why you should quit all forms of tobacco products. A quick scan will remind you of the importance of staying tobacco free. Remember that you can always use Monday as your day to re-engage in your termination.
Smokers are at higher risk of developing a severe case and dying from COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc around the world, but hit smokers particularly hard. It has been shown that smokers with COVID-19 are more likely to develop serious illnesses than non-smokers.
Smoking affects the way you look
If you want to keep your youthful look, drop the cigarettes. Smoking accelerates the natural aging process of your skin and leads to premature facial wrinkles in both men and women. It can also hurt your smile and cause tooth discoloration, bad breath, and gum disease.
Smoking affects the health of your family and friends
Secondhand smoke kills more than 42,000 non-smokers each year. That’s right – 42,000 non-smokers; That figure doesn’t include the millions of people who are exposed to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke each year. When a person smokes, fumes are released into the air, posing a potential hazard to those around – children, grandparents, friends, and even pets.
Smoking and fumes in the vicinity of children endanger their health and safety
Second and third hand smoke is dangerous for everyone, but is especially dangerous for the health of children. Children who smoke suffer from reduced lung function, which continues to affect them in adulthood in the form of chronic respiratory diseases. Secondhand smoke can also lead to asthma, hearing loss, and ear infections.
Smoking costs a lot of money
Smoking is an expensive habit. One study found that smokers consume an average of $ 1.4 million in personal expenses, including expenses for cigarettes, medical expenses, and lower wages from smoking and secondhand smoke. Smokers are also more likely to miss work, which means less money in their pockets.
Smoking decreases fertility
If you are looking to raise a family, you should quit smoking. It is well documented that smokers are more likely to experience infertility, erectile dysfunction, and decreased sperm counts. Smoking cessation makes pregnancy easier and reduces the risk of premature birth and miscarriage.
Vaping and e-cigarettes are harmful and not a safe alternative to cigarettes
If you vape, you are still a smoker. This is because many of the harmful effects of cigarettes are carried over to vaping as well. Not only does vaping increase your risk of lung and respiratory illnesses, but it’s also a gateway for younger smokers who are drawn to the delicious flavored oils and fun names.
Smoking tobacco will take your breath away
Tobacco smoking damages the lungs and causes smokers to develop lung cancer 22 times more often than non-smokers in their lifetime. The good news is that once you stop, you give your lungs a chance to recover.
Smoking will break your heart
The chemicals contained in tobacco smoke contaminate the blood cells and affect the heart’s ability to deliver oxygenated blood to the rest of the body, resulting in a number of dangerous health conditions such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, heart attack. and aneurysms and plaque build-up – a waxy substance made up of cholesterol, scar tissue, fat, and other materials – that can lead to stroke or even death.
Tobacco causes over 20 types of cancer
Smokers have a significantly higher risk of developing various types of cancer. Smoking and smokeless tobacco use can lead to oral cancer, cancers of the lips, throat (pharynx and larynx), and the esophagus. Quit smoking to begin the body’s healing process and reduce your risk.
Smoking is harmful to your sight and hearing
Smoking affects your entire body, including your senses. Compared to non-smokers, smokers are at higher risk of developing cataracts and suffering from eye diseases and age-related muscle degeneration. Adults who smoke are also more likely to have hearing loss.
Tobacco destroys the environment
Smoking destroys your body, but it also causes environmental damage. A single tobacco smoker can bring over 24,000 tons of methane, or 5 million tons of carbon dioxide, to the planet each year. And all those cigarette butts thrown on the floor? They are the most commonly thrown piece of waste in the world.