Reasons for Not Smoking

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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!

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