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Smoking is an ugly habit.
Can you think of any argument that disproves that statement? Yes, it used to look chic or manly in old black and white movies, but you can’t really say you love the way your hands and clothes smell when you smoke. Yet you can’t stop smoking. Still, there is one argument that always wins the discussion when you’re talking to a smoker: smoking feels good. The more you smoke, the more you enjoy each cigarette. Consequently, giving up is the hardest thing in the world.
Writers from Essays Scholar Advisor believe that enjoyment is not an excuse. You may find it hard to believe, but you’ll enjoy life much more when you quit. That’s not convincing enough? These scientific facts will change your mind:
Smokers don’t fit in to society
No, you don’t look like a cool, laid back European with that cigarette in your hand. Among all important findings of the Framingham Heart Study, there was a peculiar fact that most people didn’t expect: smokers have moved to the fringes of society. Think about it: you’re not allowed to smoke in closed public spaces and many countries are imposing outdoor smoking bans as well. When you’re in the middle of a conversation and you really want to have a smoke you need to stop what you are doing and physically go out. Make a decision on what’s more important: smoking or socializing?
Smoking doesn’t go well with ‘staying fit’
When you smoke, even climbing the stairs can cause discomfort. It’s clear why athletes don’t smoke: they have to stay away from cigarettes if they want to maintain a good physical condition. Since smoking impairs your breathing, and proper supply of oxygen is the key element that makes physical activity possible, it’s clear why you’re getting tired faster than non-smokers. Once you stop smoking, it will be easier for you to get fit by enjoying all kinds of activity like jogging, fitness, and climbing.
Smoking makes you look older
Did you order premature wrinkles when you were buying your last pack of cigarettes? Because that pack of 20 cigarettes also comes along with this side-effect. The nicotine causes the narrowing of blood vessels in the skin,thus impairing oxygen circulation. Tobacco smoke also contains thousands of chemicals that damage the elastin and collagen of the skin – the fibers that gives skin its fresh, youthful look. So instead of buying crazy-expensive anti-aging creams, maybe you could just stop smoking?
Smoking increases the risk of infertility in women
People are aware of the fact that smoking is not good for their heart and lungs, but they are often unaware that it also affects their reproductive health. The chemicals in cigarettes (such as nicotine, carbon monoxide, and cyanide) increases the loss rate of eggs. Even if the woman is only exposed to secondhand smoke, her ability to conceive may be affected. The risk of infertility increases with the number of cigarettes the woman smokes on a daily basis.
Smoking increases the risk of impotence in men
Men’s reproductive health is also affected by cigarettes. Smoking narrows down the blood vessels that have the important function in stimulating erections. A study found that the risk of erectile dysfunction was 60% higher in men who smoked more than 20 cigarettes per day, when compared to the risk in men who never smoked.
Smoking causes Chronic Bronchitis
Smokers cough… that’s natural for them. Guess what: it’s not natural. Chronic bronchitis is a condition that results from the inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which are responsible for carrying air from and to the lungs. The condition causes chest pains, shortness of breath, and a persistent cough. People with chronic bronchitis often develop lung disease.
Smoking impairs your taste and smell senses
Although the process is gradual and almost unnoticeable, some smokers realize that food doesn’t taste the way it used to, and their nose is no longer that reliable. One of the most noticeable changes that smokers experience when they quit is the recovery of the senses of smell and taste. Just think, even eating will be a completely different experience once you quit smoking!
Smoking causes Insomnia
Do you have difficulties to fall asleep although you feel extremely tired? That cigarette you had before going to bed may be the culprit. Nicotine is a stimulant, so the least you could do is avoid it around bedtime.
Smoking causes cancer
That’s what the warning on your box of cigarettes says but you keep ignoring it. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. Around 90% of lung cancer cases in the USA have been linked to smoking. Tobacco contains over 7,000 chemicals that go through the lungs. In other words – you’re basically poisoning yourself, and that habit certainly affects your body. Lung cancer is not the only type of cancer that can be caused by smoking. It may also cause cancers of the larynx, esophagus, kidney, throat, mouth, cervix, liver, stomach, and more. Do you think it’s time to stop smoking yet?
Make an Effort to Quit. You Can Do It!
The point of listing all these scary scientific facts was not to scare you. I had another purpose in mind: motivating you to quit. Trust me, I know it’s hard. It’s a bad, filthy habit but you’re addicted to it. The first step is acknowledging you have a problem and finding a long-term solution. You won’t quit in a day; no one expects you to do that.
Meditation will help you make that decision. When you’re in a meditative state, your mind is strong. Here is a new mantra for you: “I will quit smoking. I can do it.” Say that to yourself every single day, and you’ll notice how your decision is getting stronger than the habit. Are you a smoker? How long have you had this nasty habit? In the comments let us know which fact shocked you the most.