Youíve heard the harmful effects of cigarettes a thousand times and know you should quit. But you just havenít taken steps necessary to get you there. You donít even know if you want to quit for fear or failure or maybe you just enjoy tobacco. Whatever the reasons, you are not alone. Across the United States approximately one in four Americans continue to smoke while knowing they should quit. The good news is there are resources to help you stop the habit and help you live a longer, healthier life.

While trying to quit remind yourself of the disastrous effects of the drug. For example, it is known that smoking related diseases kills hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Statistics tell you one in two lifetime smokers die from their habit with half of those deaths.

Additionally, science tells us the mix of nicotine and carbon monoxide in each cigarette you smoke temporarily increases your heart rate and blood pressure, which creates unnecessary strain on your heart and blood vessels. This strain causes heart attacks and strokes. It also slows your blood flow, cutting oxygen supply to your hands and feet. The tar from the nicotine tar coats your lungs, leading to cancer of the lungs. A pack a day smoker breathes in up to a cup of tar in a year alone. Smoking also leads to emphysema is an illness that slowly rots your lungs. People with emphysema often get bronchitis repeatedly and suffer lung and heart failure.

Most tobacco users donít even know what they are inhaling when smoking. Did you know there are more than 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke? According to the U. S Department of Health and Human Services, the same chemicals are also found in wood varnish, the insect poison DDT, arsenic, nail polish remover and rat poison. The ashes, tar, gases and other poisons also damage your heart and lungs and make it harder to taste and smell things. Think about how much more you could enjoy a meal once you quit smoking.


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