Here are 12 reasons for you to quit smoking today:
- A Canadian dies every 12 minutes of a tobacco related disease.
- Tobacco kills more people in Canada than all deaths caused by traffic accidents, suicides, murders, and drug abuse combined.
- One out of every two people who smoke will die from a smoking-related illness and one-half of those deaths will occur prematurely in middle age.
- Smoking causes the following cancers: mouth, throat, larynx, lung, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, bladder, stomach, cervix and acute myeloid leukemia.
- The risk of heart disease and stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people who smoke as compared to those who do not smoke
- Cigarette smoking is very dangerous to women who use birth control pills, especially after the age 30. Women who smoke and take the Pill are at a much higher risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure than women who do not smoke while taking the Pill.
When you do quit:
- Within 24 hours your chances of having a heart attack start to go down.
- In 1to 9 months, coughing sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease.
- Your sense of smell and taste begin to improve within 48 hours of quitting.
- 20 minutes after your last cigarette, blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal. Your hands and feet return to normal temperature.
- after 8 hours, carbon monoxide levels in blood drop to normal. Blood oxygen levels increase to normal.
- In the first 2 weeks to 3 months circulation continues to improve and lung function increases up to 30%
Consider what you will do with the extra thousands of dollars ( $6570 if you are a pack a day smoker)
It is obviously worth it to get smoking out of your life!!