There isn't anything good that can be said about smoking. It's bad for your health and the health of those around you. Now, on a positive note, do you know how much money you could save if you quit smoking today?
Average monthly subtotal:
These figures assume there are 20 cigarettes in each pack of cigarettes.
On average, your smoking costs are per month (30 days) and per year (365 days).
Smoking contributes or causes breathing problems, heart disease and cancer.
Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, and at least 69 of them cause cancer. Smoking is linked to lung cancer, mouth cancer and cancer of the larynx, esophagus, cervix, pancreas, kidney and bladder. Smoking accounts for a third of all cancer deaths in this country and 90 percent of all lung cancers.
Smoking destroys the ability of the lungs to clean themselves, making them more susceptible to pneumonia. Smoking causes bronchitis and emphysema, together called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. By 2030, COPD will be the third leading cause of death worldwide.
Smoking increases the risk for heart disease, the leading cause of death in this country. Smoking causes cholesterol to be deposited in blood vessels, making them narrower. It causes blood to clot more easily. This can lead to blood clots that block the flow of blood or travel to organs such as the lungs or to the brain. Cigarette smoke can damage the heart at much lower levels than those that lead to lung disease.
Smoking affects not only you, the smoker, but also those around you who are exposed to your smoke. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to have bronchitis, pneumonia and ear infections.
Smokers miss more days of work than people who don't smoke because of tobacco-related health problems.
This information is not to replace your doctor's advice.