Personal health: Smoking increases the risk of …
- Cancer of the lungs, mouth, esophagus, breasts and other forms of cancer.
- Emphysema, pneumonia, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases.
- Insufficient oxygen in the blood, difficulties in breathing.
- Heart attack, stroke, vascular constriction and other cardiovascular diseases.
- Impotence and infertility.
- Weakened immune system, ease of catching infections and contagious diseases.
- Smoker's hack and raspy voice.
- Shortened life span.
Health of others: Those in the smoker's environment can suffer …
- All of the above health problems as a result of secondhand smoke.
Miscarriages, damage to the fetus, lowered birth weight, and lowered IQ of
children when a pregnant mother smokes.
- Babies dying with SID (sudden infant death) and other causes.
- Nursing babies suffering from contaminated breast milk.
- Children being influenced to smoke.
Quality of personal and social life: Smoking usually results in …
- Addiction—chemical, psychological and social.
- Loss of smell and taste.
- Alienation—damage to and reduction of personal relationships.
- Greater difficulties getting a job, finding a partner to marry.
- Ostracism from nonsmoking areas.
- Reluctance to go to nonsmoking events or to be in nonsmoking groups.
- Quandary of where to dispose of cigarette butts without littering.
- Domination of one's life, including the fear of running out of smokes or matches.
Personal life, hygiene and appearance: Smoking leads to …
- Breath odor, body odor and foul-smelling clothing.
- Stained and yellowed teeth and hands.
- Premature aging and wrinkling of skin.
- Increased fire risk in homes.
- Dirty and yellowed walls, ceilings and furniture.
- Smelly upholstery, draperies and furnishings.
- Stale indoor air in homes.
- More lost days from work.
- Loss of productivity and effectiveness while on the job.
- Auto accidents caused by driver smoking.
- More of other types of accidents and increased sickness.
- Higher insurance rates.
- A huge, continuing expense of easily $1,000 a year for a pack-a-day smoker!