88 Reasons Why Smoking Is Bad For Your Health and Why You Should Quit

88 Reasons Why Smoking Is Bad For Your Health and Why You Should Quit

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Below you will find a full list of evidence based reasons that smoking is bad for your health. There are compelling reasons to quit and the rewards to your health and wellness are tremendous. If you or someone you know is looking to quit, please use the below risk factors as motivation.

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Overview

  • Negatively affects nearly every organ in the body
  • Tobacco smoke is harmful to smokers and nonsmokers
  • Diminishes overall health
  • Very difficult to quit

Smoking & Death

  • #1 cause of preventable disease in the US
  • 480,000 per year, accounting for almost 20% of deaths
  • More than 10 fold Americans have died from smoking than all the wars fought in US history
  • 90% of all lung cancer deaths
  • 80% of deaths from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD
  • On average, smokers die 13-14 years earlier than non-smokers

Smoking & Cancer

  • Lung cancer
    • 25 fold increased risk compared to non-smokers
    • 95% of all cases of lung cancer and 90% of all lung cancer deaths
    • Lung cancer kills more women than breast cancer
  • Other types of cancer
    • Oronasopharynx (nose, mouth, throat)
    • Larynx (voice box)
    • Bladder
    • Blood (acute myeloid leukemia)
    • Cervix
    • Colorectal
    • Esophageal
    • Kidney, ureter
    • Larynx
    • Liver
    • Pancreas
    • Stomach
    • Bladder

Smoking & Cardiovascular Disease

  • Heart attack (2-4 fold)
  • Stroke (2-4 fold)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Blood clots (thrombosis)
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in your arteries)
  • Aneurysms

Smoking & Respiratory disease

  • COPD
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Asthma exacerbation
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Seasonal  flu, colds

Smoking & Pregnancy/ Reproductive Health

  • Preterm delivery
  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth
  • Low birth weight
  • Sudden infant death syndrome
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Other birth defects
  • Decreased fertility in men
  • Erectile dysfunction in men

Smoking & Vision

  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Optic nerve damage
  • Blindness

Smoking & Autoimmune disease-

  • Diabetes
    • Increased risk of developing T2DM
    • Harder to control in smokers
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Crohn's disease
  • Pro-inflammatory state

Smoking & Bone health

  • Osteoporosis
  • Brittle bones
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis

Smoking & oral health

  • Teeth and gum decay
  • Staining of teeth and gums
  • Increased periodontal disease (swollen gums)
  • Decreased sense of smell and taste
  • Increased bad breath (halitosis)
  • Ulcers in mouth

Smoking & Skin health

  • Premature aging of the face (diminishes blood flow, preventing oxygen/nutrients from getting to skin)
    • Leathery skin
    • Deep wrinkles
    • Discoloration
    • More pale

Smoking & Mental health

  • Decreased social acceptance
  • Increased levels of stress (despite what most people think)
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Suicide
  • Abuse other drugs & alcohol

Overall health

  • Diminished self-reported health
  • Increased absenteeism from work
  • Increased healthcare utilization
  • Smell like smoke
  • Diminished physical activity and exercise tolerance
  • Increased risk of injury, slower healing time
  • Cost – Packs can be up to 10$, costing individual thousands annually

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