Why Quit Smoking?
Here's A Few Reasons Why!
Why Quit Smoking is the Question!
Do you know why you want to stop smoking?
The cost, the restictions, can't smoke in public, your health maybe-not. But what?
You know smoking is bad for you - but do you know how bad?
People who have quit say it's important to be clear about your reasons.
Work out what reasons are important to you.
Why Stop Smoking? Wait I got this, is it - Death from Smoking!
Every year 19,000 in every 20 million people will die from diseases caused by Smoking.
About one-third of these deaths occur in middle age.
One in two lifetime smokers will die from their addiction.
Cigarettes Are Full Of Poisons
Tobacco smoke contains over 4000 Chemicals. As well as Tar and Nicotine, there is also the gas Carbon Monoxide (found in car exhaust fumes), Ammonia (found in floor cleaner) and Arsenic (found in rat poison).
At least 69 of the chemicals in tobacco smoke are known to cause cancer.
Cancers caused by tobacco include of the lung, mouth, throat, oesophagus, stomach,
pancreas, kidneys, bladder, cervix and bone marrow (myeloid leukaemia).
Toxic gases damage cilia, the tiny hairs that are part of your lung cleaning system.
Tar, the solid particles in Tobacco Smoke, coat your lungs like soot in a chimney.
Smoke irritates your lungs, so they increase the amount of mucus they make.
Over time, your small airways swell up and let less air into your lungs.
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Your smoking affects others too
Why Quit Smoking - The Kids is a Very Important Reason.
• Smoking around others can affect their health too.
• For non-smokers, other people’s smoke can cause lung cancer and heart disease. It
can also irritate the nose, eyes and throat and lead to chronic coughing, phlegm production,
shortness of breath and chest illness.
• Other people's smoke also increases the incidence of asthma attacks, especially in
Smoking may make it harder for you to have a family
• Men who smoke may suffer impotence and smoking can also affect sperm quality.
• Women who smoke take longer to fall pregnant and are more likely to miscarry.
• Mothers who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have low birthweight babies,
and to give birth to babies who are premature, stillborn, or die shortly after birth.
Quitting sets a good example for your family
• It shows you care about your health and the health of your family.
• If you quit, your fitness will improve and you have a better chance of keeping up with
• And the money you used to spend on cigarettes will be there to spend on yourself
and your family.
Quit and you’ll feel some of the benefits straight away
Why Quit Smoking - Your Health is a Good Reason.
• After 24 hours, most carbon monoxide from smoking is out of your system. Lungs
work better and you can do more before running short of breath.
• After two days, senses of taste and smell sharpen. Breath, hair, fingers and teeth
• Within a month of quitting, your blood pressure should return to its normal level.
• Within two months, blood flow to hands and feet improves, the toes and fingers stay
warm and you will have more energy.
• After about three months, men and women become more fertile. The lungs may
have regained the capacity to clean themselves properly.
Quit to live longer
Why Quit Smoking - You might Die earlier than you should.
• Quitting smoking reduces the risk of lung cancer, other cancers, heart attack, stroke,
and chronic lung disease.
• Smokers who quit live longer than those who quit later in life. For example, a person
who stops smoking before age 50 has half the risk of dying in the next 15 years compared
with continuing smokers.
• On average, smoking reduces your life span by over 10 years.
• At about three months, most quitters have become established non smokers.
quitting is not always easy…
• Every year in every 20 million people about 1.7 million smokers try to quit and of those 180,000 succeed permanently.
• One of the things that make it hard to quit is that smokers are addicted to the nicotine
in cigarettes. There are medical products available to help you stop smoking and to
deal with the symptoms of withdrawal.
• Each time you stop smoking you learn more about quitting and it is never too late to
… but help is available
• Read brochure on "Products to help you quit smoking"
• Talk to your doctor or pharmacist
• Call the Quitline in your State or Country. If you need help making phone calls in English, ring the
Translating and Interpreting Service in your State or country.