Smoking–It’s To Die For

“Smoke, smoke smoke that cigarette-puff, puff, puff’ until you smoke yourself to death” is the little 1947 catchy song we may all know too well. We all know smoking cigarettes are addicting, and with each cig it roughly take 20 minutes off a persons life. Let’s sing it, all together now!

But do you think anyone really cares that they’re killing themselves? If they did, surely they would put down the cancer stick and be free from the cost, the stigma associated with smoking, and the obvious health risks….right?

Smoking cigarettes are just as addictive as heroin, and the cigarette companies know it–that’s how they stay in business and why they’re making billions each year at the expense of peoples lives. Did anyone see the movie “Thank You For Smoking“?

Listen, most people are like cattle. They follow crowds, they follow trends, and they certainly follow what is legalized by a government that realizes the health consequences if someone smokes, despite that they’re killing almost half a million people each year.

Cigarettes contain over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. Nicotine is the reason why many people find it difficult to quit smoking. The US Surgeon General said nicotine addiction is similar to addiction to other drugs like heroin and cocaine.

Over the long term, smoking leads people to develop health problems like heart disease, stroke, emphysema (breakdown of lung tissue), and many types of cancer — including lung, throat, stomach, and bladder cancer. People who smoke also have an increased risk of infections like bronchitis and pneumonia.

Smokers not only develop more wrinkles than non-smokers, and yellow teeth, they also lose bone density, which increases their risk of osteoporosis, a condition that causes older people to become bent over and their bones to break more easily.

438,000 Americans die each year from smoking related illnesses, including those affected indirectly, such as babies born prematurely due to prenatal maternal smoking and victims of “secondhand” exposure to tobacco’s carcinogens.

Smoking cost the United States over $193 billion in 2004, including $97 billion in lost productivity and $96 billion in direct health care expenditures, or an average of $4,260 per adult smoker.

Secondhand smoke causes almost 50,000 deaths in adult nonsmokers in the United States each year, including approximately 3,400 from lung cancer and 22,700-69,600 from heart disease.

Research indicates that private research conducted by cigarette company Philip Morris in the 1980s showed that secondhand smoke was highly toxic, yet the company suppressed the finding during the next two decades.

There are seven medications approved by the FDA to aid in quitting smoking. Nicotine patches, nicotine gum and nicotine lozenges are available over-the-counter, and a nicotine nasal spray and inhaler are currently available by prescription. Buproprion SR (Zyban) and varenicline tartrate (Chantix) are non-nicotine pills.

Those who try quitting, it can be helpful to realize that the first few days are the hardest. So don’t give up. Some people find they have a few relapses before they manage to quit for good.

Staying smoke free will give you a whole lot more of everything — more energy, better performance, better looks, more money in your pocket, and, in the long run, more life to live!

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