Quit Smoking Essay

758 Words Apr 25th, 2014 4 Pages
Quit Smoking
Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable deaths and has negative health impacts on people at all stages of life. There are 1.1 billion smokers in the world today. If current trend continues, that number will increase to 1.6 billion by the year 2025. Worldwide, one in five teens aged 13 to 15 smokes. Every eight seconds, a human life is lost to tobacco use somewhere in the world. This translates to approximately 5 million deaths annually.

Research has shown that smoking reduces life expectancy by seven to eight years. On average, each cigarette shortens the life a smoker by around 11 minutes. While smoking harms your health, you will not realize it initially. That is why the World Health Organization termed tobacco as
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Besides, smoking gives rise to diseases like tuberculosis, facials clefts in babies, ectopic pregnancy, impaired immune function and worsens the outlook for cancer patients. Smokers not only develop wrinkles and yellow teeth, they also lose bone density, which consequently increases their risk of osteoporosis.

The ‘side-stream’ smoke, which is also known as secondhand smoke, carries a higher risk than directly-inhaled smoke. One study found that in families where both parents smoke, young children will have about 72 percent higher chances of suffering from respiratory illness. For infants under two years old, they are more prone to severe respiratory infections and cot death. Moreover, non-smokers who have high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol are at a greater risk of developing heart diseases when they are exposed to secondhand smoke.

Despite all these scary facts, smokers can inspire optimism. One research from the United States Department of Health and Human Services shows that almost immediately after you quit smoking, your lungs and other smoke-damaged organs start to repair themselves. A year later, you will have a significantly lower risk of heart attack. Within two to five years, your risk of suffering from stroke could fall to about the same as a non-smoker’s. If you quit smoking, your risks for cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus and bladder will be reduced by half in five years time. Once you quit smoking,

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