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On Average 10 Year Decrease in Life Expectancy for Smokers

If you are a smoker who just doesn’t want to quit, then you are subjecting yourself to a shorter life span than average.

By continuing to smoke, you have a greater chance of losing 10 years off your life, time that could be spent with your loved ones.

You also subject yourself to a general decline in health during those last years of your life while you are afflicted with one or several health complications as a result from smoking. These are health struggles that you also subject your loved ones to witness. Is it worth it?

What Quitting Smoking Can Do For You

Now that you know that a long-term smoker, on average, has a life expectancy of about 10 years less than a non-smoker, it is time to seek support and help to stop smoking now.

If you have smoked since your teen years or young adulthood, your chances of reversing any damage is significant. By stopping before the age of 35, you greatly improve your risk of any damage compared to people who have never smoked.

If you choose to stop smoking prior to the age of 50, the risk of dying from smoking-related diseases decreases by fifty percent. You can decrease that even further by making better health, nutrition, and diet choices.

Not Quitting Can Kill You

Quitting smoking not only dramatically improves your overall life expectancy, but it can improve your general well-being and overall health. No matter what your age or how long you’ve been smoking, it’s never too late to quit.

If you are hard-headed and need greater evidence on the decrease in life expectancy of smokers, take a look at this very long list of celebrities whose shortened life spans were caused from smoking tobacco.

As you can see, so many talented individuals died much earlier than the average life expectancy. And those who lived until their 80s struggled through many years of health afflictions—such as heart attack, emphysema, lung cancer, and throat cancer—due to their dangerous addiction to smoking.

Celebrity or not, no smoker is immune from smoking-related illnesses or even death.

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The Effects of Smoking on Your Health, Wallet & Family

The Surgeon General notes smoking-related deaths to be the most preventable cause of death in the United States.

One in four Americans smoke cigarettes, and each year, over 400,000 people die from smoking-related diseases.

The habit of smoking also leads to tremendous financial and interpersonal relationship strains.

What Smoking Does to Your Health

Each puff of cigarette draws over 4,000 chemicals into the lungs and through the body. Continuous exposure to smoke and these chemicals leads to cellular changes in the body’s tissue, eventually causing cancers such as throat and lung cancer.

Smokers’ hearts beat an extra 20 to 25 times per minutes, increasing the risk of heart attack. There is also a 15% higher chance of a smoker having a deadly stroke or heart attack than a non-smoker.

Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, a lethal substance that decreases oxygen levels in the skin, brain, and other organs. The results are a reduced ability to comprehend, an increase in wrinkly-greyed skin, and a significant reduction in energy.

Smoking increase the body’s mucous production, which then increases the chances of bacteria and viruses to multiply. This leads to a smoker experiencing more colds, flus, and cases of bronchitis than non-smokers. Additionally, smoking affects the white blood cells’ functions, leaving smokers with a harder time fighting illness.

What Smoking Does to Your Wallet

All smokers are fully aware of the price of cigarettes when they purchase each pack. But if the price of each pack of cigarettes purchased over a span of 15 years for a smoker with a half-pack a day habit, the sum would total over $16,000.

In addition to the daily cost of this addiction, smokers pay more for health insurance due to the increased health consequences.

What Smoking Does to Your Family

Smoking has dire effects on family members: spouses of smokers are 20% more likely to contract lung disease due to the presence of second hand smoke. The exposure to second hand smoke also causes illness and death in children.

Families also endure extreme emotional trauma when a loved one becomes ill or dies because of smoking-related diseases.

The Real Cost of Smoking

The Harmful Effects of Smoking on Different Parts of the Body

Cigarette smoking is always unsafe.

Men who smoke 20 cigarette per day take twice as many days off work each year than nonsmokers.

Of men now age 35, the proportion that will die before reaching retiring age is 40% for heavy smokers, but only 18% for non-smokers.

Smoking causes more than 400, 000 deaths a year in America all alone. Below in this article we will tell you the parts of the body affected by smoking.

Women are at an additional risk, as their unborn babies can be damaged by smoking. Smoking also increases the risk of cervical cancer.

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Mouth and throat: Tobacco smoke can cause gum disease and tooth decay. The teeth become yellow or black.

Esophagus: The tars in smoke can trigger cancer.

Brain: Headaches are common. Lack of oxygen and narrowing of blood-vessels can lead to strokes.

Bronchi: Smoke contains hydrogen cyanide and other chemicals, which attack the lining of the bronchi, inflaming them and increasing susceptibility to bronchitis.

Lungs: People who inhale smoke are ten times more likely to get lung cancer than non-smokers. Mucus secretion is increased, causing chronic catarrh and smoker’s cough.

Circulation: Nicotine raises blood-pressure. Carbon monoxide leads to development of cholesterol deposits in artery walls, causing heart attacks and strokes. Loss of circulation in limbs can cause amputation.

Heart: Nicotine in cigarette smoke makes the heart beat faster and so it works hard. Blood clot more easily, increasing the risk of heart attack. Carbon monoxide robs the blood of oxygen, again increasing the risk of heart attack.

Intestine: Smoking can cause diarrhea and ulcers also.

Stomach: Increased acid secretion can lead to ulcers.

Bladder: Excreted carcinogens can cause cancer.

Source: Health Section, Khalsa News Network