Reasons to Avoid Smoking Cigarettes

Learn about the negative consequences of tobacco and nicotine

Once you try a cigarette, it can be a habit that you pick up more frequently. A nicotine addiction can be almost instant for some people. In fact, an estimated 40 million adults in the United States smoke cigarettes. More than 16 million are living with a disease caused by smoking.

If you’re a smoker, quitting could help take care of your health and set an example for yourself, your family, and your patients.

However, smoking is hard to avoid because it is so addictive. If you want to quit or are actively seeking reasons why you should, read our list below. It could give you the boost you need to take the first step to quitting once and for all.

1. Lower your chances of early death

Talking about death is frightening for everyone. However, the reality is that smoking can lead to death. According to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), tobacco contains some of the most addictive drugs and kills at least 50% of its users. Here are some other facts from the ASH website:

  • One person dies every six seconds from a tobacco-related disease.
  • Over 20% of all deaths in the United States are caused by tobacco.
  • More than 600,000 non-smokers die each year from secondhand smoke.

2. Protect loved ones

If health concerns don’t make you quit smoking, think about the impact it could have on your family members and loved ones. Since second-hand smoke kills over 600,000 non-smokers each year, you may want to stop for the health of those you care about. Your family and friends will thank you for living a healthier lifestyle and benefiting their health.

3. Improve your lifestyle

Not only can you see the benefits of quitting on your health, but it can also improve your lifestyle. For example, the toxins in cigarettes affect your taste buds, decreasing the range of flavors you can taste. So trade in your cigarettes and open up a world of new tastes for your taste buds. If you quit, you also won’t have to deal with the smell of tobacco residue on your clothes or in your car and home. Studies show that there are 250 poisonous toxins in cigarettes that can cling to furniture, walls, clothing, and skin for several days. These toxins can cause long-term diseases if not avoided.

4. Improve your appearance

Cigarette smoking wreaks havoc on your teeth, skin, hair, and overall appearance. Studies show that smoking increases premature aging, skin damage, and affects the oxygen and nutrients within the skin. It also damages blood vessels in the eye, reduces nutrients in the hair, accelerates hair loss, and causes discoloration of the hair and fingers. Take a look at the surprising ways smoking can negatively affect your appearance.

The negative consequences of smoking on you and our loved ones are numerous. Hopefully, these facts will help you consider all the ways you can improve your life and your health.  If you don’t smoke, show these valid reasons to someone who does. Maybe you could help save a life.

If you’re thinking about quitting, try using the American Lung Association Stop Smoking resources to help you improve your health. We hope these tips help lead you to a healthier lifestyle for you and your loved ones.


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