20 Reasons to Stop Smoking that You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

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.

  1. Smoking can increase your risk of psoriasis, a non-contagious, inflammatory skin condition that causes flaky and itchy patches on your skin.
  2. 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?
  3. Tobacco use can have a negative effect on social interactions and your relationships.  
  4. No smoking zone? No problem! Quitting means you are free to mingle socially without feeling isolated or having to go outside to smoke.
  5. 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.
  6. Thinking about starting a family? Smokers are more likely to experience infertility.
  7. Tobacco use is responsible for 25% of all cancer deaths globally. 
  8. Smokers are up to 22 times more likely to develop lung cancer in their lifetime than non-smokers.
  9. Smoking is the leading cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a group of lung conditions that causes breathing difficulties.
  10. Adult smokers are more likely to suffer from hearing loss.
  11. Smoking has been linked to early vision loss and cataracts.
  12. Could you be at risk of osteoporosis? Smokers are more likely to lose bone density, resulting in poor bone health.
  13. Tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke during pregnancy increases the risk of sudden infant death.
  14. 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.
  15. Look after the planet’s health too! Cigarette butts are among the most littered objects globally.
  16. Lifelong tobacco smokers lose at least 10 years of life on average. 
  17. Your smoking habits may be putting you at risk of diabetes as cigarettes can cause insulin resistance, often leading to diabetes.
  18. An estimated 14% of Alzheimer’s (the most common cause of dementia) cases globally can be linked to smoking.
  19. 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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