What Smoking Can Offer You?


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It is known that smoking is a risk factor of heart disease. But, do you really know what smoking can offer you? Perhaps the facts stated hereafter will give you some clues: every 8 seconds, someone dies from the use of tobacco; every cigarette smoked shortens at least 7 minutes of life on average, about the time taken to smoke it.

If smoking can cause such harmful effects to the body, why the youths are still picking up this deadly habit? Statistics shows that between 80,000 and 100,000 children worldwide start smoking every day and roughly half of whom live in Asia.

Young people start to smoke for a variety of reasons. They may want to relax or relieve stress which they think they can. They may be out of curiosity or for fun. Or, they simply want to seek for peer acceptance.

For whatever reason young people start to smoke, they will eventually become addicted to smoking due to nicotine that is as addictive as heroin or cocaine. Some studies had found that about 1/3 to 1/2 of those who experiment with cigarettes end up as regular smokers.

Nicotine enters the body through the mouth, throat and lungs. Nicotine takes only about 10 seconds to travel from the smoke in the lungs to the brain where it starts to work. Like drugs, it stimulates the brain for a short while before dependence and tolerance set in to reinforce the smoker’s drive to continue smoking more cigarettes so as to avoid unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Thus, it is best for young people not to try smoking at all as it can lead so quickly and easily to addiction. In addition, every cigarette that a smoker smokes contains 4,000 other chemicals apart from nicotine, many of which are poisonous and several of which are known to cause cancer.

Staying smoke-free can lower the risk of contracting diseases such as heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and stroke. Besides, a non-smoker enjoys better self-image. Non-smokers will have no cigarette smell on their clothes and hair; no bad breath; no yellow teeth and fingernails; no dry and wrinkled skin that makes them look older than their peers and better stamina to enjoy the activities they like. Smoking is also a expensive behavior.

In addition to the similar health risks as male smokers, female smokers also face a higher risk of contracting female-specific diseases. They are twice as likely to develop cervical cancer, 30 percent more likely to develop breast cancer, have a higher chance of hip fractures, and experience reduced fertility as well as irregular and painful menstruation compared to female non-smokers.

Ask yourself this question: will you still want to smoke after looking at the list of “bad things" that smoking can offer?

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