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Smoking: Silly choice.

Smoking is just about the worst thing you can do for your health.

Using tobacco is a deadly kind of drug abuse and smokers are slaves to its addictive properties. Otherwise, why on earth put up with all the negative effects of smoking?

In fact, the tobacco companies make sure their cigarettes contain plenty of hideously addictive chemicals so that you’ll remain in the stranglehold of the habit and keep buying their products. It’s part of the money making machine.

Not great statistics

That might sound a bit harsh, but did you know that smoking actually causes more death and disability than any single disease?

It kills around 5 million people every year, and accounts for no less than 25 different diseases (although nobody knows the real extent of the health impact of smoking, because it’s hasn’t been fully assessed yet).

The fact is, if you smoke for a lifetime, there’s a 50% chance that your eventual death will be smoking-related, and a 50% chance that it’ll be in middle age.

Easier to give up than you think

Many smokers think it’ll be difficult or impossible to give up their habit, but in fact, one of the characteristics of addiction is that it makes you fearful about what might happen when you stop.

The reality is that it won’t be nearly as hard as you think. The physical addiction to cigarettes lasts only three days. If you can get through that, you’re at least half way there. If you also combine giving up with doing more exercise, you’ll replace the high you get from nicotine, with a high from natural chemicals produced in your body through physical activity. You’ll also give yourself a huge health boost in the process.

What Happens When You Quit:

• Your state of health will start to improve immediately.

• Your chances of having a heart attack go down considerably during the first one or two years.

• According to the World Health Organisation, one year after quitting, your risk of developing coronary heart disease falls by half.

• After five years without smoking, you’ll have no higher a risk of stroke than the non-smoker.

If you’re not sure whether you can quit, just remember that the other option is to die an ugly, painful death.

If you’re one of the few lucky ones who narrowly escapes actually being killed by your cigarettes, you can still look forward to a life of debilitating smoking-related diseases and anti-social personal hygiene problems (bad breath, stale-smelling skin, digestive problems, production of second-hand smoke for others to breathe, and a hacking cough, to name a few).

It may also cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars to feed your habit. Think what you could buy with that! Is smoking really worth it?

What Happens If You Keep Smoking:

The World Heart Federation says smoking is a major cause of death from cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke). In fact, it causes about 20% of all cardiovascular deaths. Here’s what happens when you smoke:

• Your risk of suffering from coronary heart disease, and suddenly dying from it, is twice as high if you’re a smoker, and particularly if you’re young.

• Your risk of having a heart attack, if you’re in your 30s or 40s, is five times higher than it is for non-smokers.

• The risk is still there, even if you only smoke one or two cigarettes a day.

• Your risk of having a stroke is four times as high than it is for non-smokers.

• You’re more likely to have a heart attack, particularly if you’re a woman, no matter what your age.

• Women smokers who take the contraceptive pill are up to 40% more likely to develop heart problems, than those who don’t take the pill.

• Cigarette smoking increases the risk of health complications for people with high blood pressure.

• Passive smoking is a huge risk for your friends and family. By smoking nearby, you’re greatly increasing the chances of your loved ones developing a smoking-related disease. Not only that, but the actual death rate for heart problems among never smokers who passively inhale cigarette smoke goes up by up to 70% when you smoke near them.

The "Big C": Cancer

And of course, it’s not just cardiovascular problems you need to tackle if you’re a smoker. Another risk you taken on comes from lung cancer. In the UK, it kills over 20,000 people every single year. Tests in America show that men who smoke are 22 times more likely to die from lung cancer than non-smokers, and for women, the risk increases by nearly 12 times.

Once you have lung cancer, the prognosis is poor. It’s notoriously difficult to treat, which means your chances of surviving it are poor. And by the way, smoking also ups your risk of getting leukaemia, as well as liver, kidney, uterine, bladder, stomach and cervical cancer.

Remember: it’s never too late. If you’ve taken the courageous decision to stop smoking, there are many books and products that can help you. There’s also a range of quality nutritional supplements available to help you boost your body’s chances of regaining its strength as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Grab that opportunity now – for sake of yourself and your loved ones - while you still can.

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