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Is Smoking Cigarettes Ever Going to Be Cool Again

 

Smoking cigarettes is one of the leading causes of disease and death in the United States and across the world. There are so many negative health effects of cigarettes that I couldn’t possibly address them all in a single article.

People smoke for all different reasons, but usually they just do it to satisfy an addiction. Ever since I completed a lengthy drug recovery program where I started smoking (since I was bored and nearly everybody else smoked), I have become interested in smoking more. If you are interested, too, here are a dozen of the most prolific and devastating effects associated with cigarette smoking.

1. Cigarettes are expensive. They may cost as much as $8.00 per-pack, although they average around $5.00 a pack. If you smoke about a pack-a-day, that could cost you $40 to $50 a week.

2.  Premature death. Half of all smokers die prematurely from smoking-related disease.

3.  Wrinkles. Cigarette smoking causes wrinkles and premature aging. According to Michelle Aszterbaum, M.D., a dermatologist in Newport Beach, California, smoking “inhibits the body’s ability to repair damage caused by the environment,” leading to more wrinkles. You can always pick a regular smoker out of a crowd simply by his or her skin.

4.  Lung pollution. Cigarette smoking causes icky, sticky black tar to accumulate in one’s lungs, reducing the lung tissue’s ability to exchange oxygen, potentially leaving the smoker out of breath. This can affect people’s entire bodies and will produce phlegm in their throats. The good news is that those who quit smoking they can clear some of the gunk out their lungs.

5.  Depression. Smoking can cause depression. A study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry looked at more than 1,000 people over five years and found that smokers were twice as likely as non-smokers to be depressed.

6.  You stink! Chronic smoking causes users to have bad breath and can cause their hair, clothes, and homes to wreak of tobacco.

7.  Infertility. Men who smoke generally have lower sperm counts and women smokers are more likely to have difficulty getting pregnant. Genetic mutations of sperm may also occur and men who smoke are at a higher risk of erectile dysfunction according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

8.  You’re a bad influence. Since kids imitate their parents, smoking in front of your kids may cause them to want to smoke. In fact, 55 percent of all children whose parents smoke said they plan to smoke later in life.

9.  Your PMS will get worse. Female smokers are more than twice as likely to develop severe cases of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) than non-smokers, according to a 2008 University of Massachusetts study.

10.  Difficult pregnancy.

11. Loneliness. According to Harvard and University of California San Diego research, smokers are increasingly edged out and marginalized by their peers. A study published in the Australian Medical Journal suggested smokers are far more likely to be dateless.

12.  Secondhand smoke kills. Breathing in secondhand smoke increases the risk of lung disease, heart disease, and other respiratory problems.
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So, are you ready to quit yet?

Please be aware that cigarette smoking is potentially a gateway to other drugs. Quitting is your best option. There are numerous devices, drugs, and other products that can help you quit. If you are serious about quitting, see a doctor or seek other professional help. Quitting “cold turkey” is possible but it may be too hard for you to do it alone.

Source:
1. “How to Quit Smoking. A Guide to Kicking the Habit for Good.” Helpguide.org, n.d. Web. 08 Mar. 2013.

 

 

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Kevin Giles is a product of Santa Cruz, CA – the stoner capitol of the world. A born again Christian, Kevin loves his Lord Jesus and believes that his purpose in life is determined by God. He first entered drug recovery at the age of 19, suffering from an addiction to marijuana. He is a recent graduate of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master’s degree in Christian Ministry. Passionate about God’s Word, he aspires to become a pastor or missionary. Kevin has also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Monterey Bay. His interests include traveling, movies, golf, fitness and reading. He also enjoys being outdoors as well as spending time with friends and family. Kevin’s faith, education and life experience give him a unique perspective on addiction, recovery and spirituality.

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