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?
On average, your smoking costs are per month (30 days) and per year (365 days).
Health effects of smoking
Smoking contributes or causes breathing problems, heart disease, and cancer.
Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals. At least 250 cause serious harmful effects, and at least 69 of them cause cancer. Smoking is linked to lung cancer, mouth cancer, and cancers of the larynx, esophagus, cervix, pancreas, kidney, and bladder. Smoking accounts for a third of all cancer deaths in this country and 90% of all lung cancers.
Smoking destroys the ability of the lungs to clean themselves. This makes you more likely to get pneumonia. Smoking causes bronchitis and emphysema, together called COPD (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. A blood clot to the lungs can cause a pulmonary embolism. A blood clot to the brain can cause a stroke. Cigarette smoke can damage the heart at much lower levels than the levels 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.
Effects of smoking on productivity
Smokers miss more days of work than people who don't smoke because of tobacco-related health problems. Several companies refuse to hire smokers.
This information is not to replace your healthcare provider's advice.