Good things happen when you stop smoking.
From better relationships to boosting your productivity, there are a whole host of reasons why you should make 2024 the year you stop smoking for good.
- Smoking can increase your risk of psoriasis, a non-contagious, inflammatory skin condition that causes flaky and itchy patches on your skin.
- Be a good example for your friends, family and loved ones. Children whose parents smoke are 4 times as likely to take up smoking themselves – do you want your kids to share the same fate as you?
- Tobacco use can have a negative effect on social interactions and your relationships.
- No smoking zone? No problem! Quitting means you are free to mingle socially without feeling isolated or having to go outside to smoke.
- Get those productivity levels up! You will no longer have to stop what you’re doing to go for a ‘smoke break’ all the time.
- Thinking about starting a family? Smokers are more likely to experience infertility.
- Tobacco use is responsible for 25% of all cancer deaths globally.
- Smokers are up to 22 times more likely to develop lung cancer in their lifetime than non-smokers.
- Smoking is the leading cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a group of lung conditions that causes breathing difficulties.
- Adult smokers are more likely to suffer from hearing loss.
- Smoking has been linked to early vision loss and cataracts.
- Could you be at risk of osteoporosis? Smokers are more likely to lose bone density, resulting in poor bone health.
- Tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke during pregnancy increases the risk of sudden infant death.
- Smokers are at higher risk of ectopic pregnancy, a potentially fatal complication for the mother in which the fertilised egg attaches outside of the uterus.
- Look after the planet’s health too! Cigarette butts are among the most littered objects globally.
- Lifelong tobacco smokers lose at least 10 years of life on average.
- Your smoking habits may be putting you at risk of diabetes as cigarettes can cause insulin resistance, often leading to diabetes.
- An estimated 14% of Alzheimer’s (the most common cause of dementia) cases globally can be linked to smoking.
- Smokers are more likely to experience painful menstruation and more severe menopausal symptoms.
- Over 1 million people die every year from exposure to second-hand smoke.
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