THE TOP 10 HEALTH-RELATED TIPS FOR QUITTING SMOKING
Quitting smoking is not an easy thing to do. Many people quit smoking unsuccessfully more than once. However, studies show that ceasing this behavior will prolong your life no matter when you do it. Smoking cessation is a worthy and worthwhile goal. Experts say that if you can find a compelling reason, one that is particularly meaningful to you, to quit, then you have an even higher chance of success.
We've compiled 10 major health-related reasons to help you in this process.
- Smoking speeds up mental decline and can speed up the onset of Alzheimer's disease, regardless of whether you have a family history of the condition or not.
- Smokers are more likely to develop autoimmune conditions such as Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. These are chronic, inflammatory illnesses that cause pain and can lead to tissue damage. They can be mild or severe. Lupus can even lead to death in some cases. However, when one quits smoking the relationship between smoking and the development of this serious condition goes away. The
- Maternal smoking can cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). According to a European study, the risk of SIDS increases when the mother smokes...especially during the pregnancy.
- Smoking can impact a man's ability to get an erection. A Chinese study showed that men who smoked more than a pack of cigarettes a day were 60% more likely to suffer from ED (erectile dysfunction). That is compared to men who never smoked cigarettes. In general, 15% of all men who smoked (past and present) struggled with ED at some point.
- Smokers are more likely go blind than those who don't at a rate of four to one. This is due to an illness known as age-related macular degeneration. Quitting can lower that risk.
- Smoking, or living with a smoker, can increase the likelihood of snoring. It affects 24% of smokers, 20% of ex-smokers and even 14% of people who never smoked, most of those have lived who someone who has.
- Long-time smokers, those who have had the habit for 20 years or longer, are 70% more likely to have acid reflux disease than nonsmokers.
- Breast cancer rates are 30% higher among smokers than among those who don't light up. It doesn't even matter if those nonsmokers have been exposed to second-hand smoke. Those at the greatest risk are women who began smoking before the age of 20, had the habit at least five years before their first pregnancy and who smoked for long periods of time and/or had 20 or more cigarettes per day.
- Smoking has been linked to stroke, coronary heart disease, and heart attacks, three of the leading causes of death in the United States. The toxins in cigarettes smoke cause plaque to form in the arteries, leading to artherosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries.
- Smoking increases the likelihood of developing breathing and lung diseases such as emphysema and lung cancer. Lung cancer is the #1 cause of cancer death for both men and women. 87% of all cases involve tobacco, meaning that the condition can be prevented if you stop (or don't even start) smoking. Emphysema causes a loss of elasticity in the walls in the small air sacs in the lungs. It's a chronic and progressive disease that is caused more than 80% of the time by smoking. Even if you have the condition, emphysema's degeneration can be reduced by quitting smoking.
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