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Tuesday, December 11, 2007


The reasons to quit smoking could fill a whole library of books. If i decide to list and explain all the reasons, you'd probably be reading for days.But here a 3 major reasons why you should quit now
Smoking and your unborn child When you smoke, your unborn baby smokes, too. On average, babies of women who smoke weigh less at birth than babies of nonsmokers. And if you smoke a lot during pregnancy (more than a pack a day), the baby's birth weight is likely to be even lower. This is not surprising, since the nicotine in cigarettes causes the baby's blood to be starved of the oxygen needed for healthy growth. Although, the baby quickly gains back the lost weight, by age 7 a child of a mother who smoked during pregnancy is still more likely than other children to be shorter in height, slower at reading and lower in "social adjustment" than children of nonsmoking mothers. Statistics show that infant mortality (the death of the baby either at birth or through a miscarriage) is 50 percent higher when the mother smokes. That means nonsmokers experience half as many infant mortalities. Children of smokers are also 2½ times more likely to die of sudden infant death syndrome, or crib death. The good news is that if you stop smoking by the fourth month of pregnancy, you can significantly reduce these dangers.
Smoking and effects among young people Globally, 80,000 to 100,000 youths start smoking every day and most of these youths donot know the risk. Among young people, the short-term health consequences of smoking include respiratory and nonrespiratory effects, addiction to nicotine, and the associated risk of other drug use. Long-term health consequences of youth smoking are reinforced by the fact that most young people who smoke regularly continue to smoke throughout adulthood. In adults, cigarette smoking causes heart disease and stroke. Studies have shown that early signs of these diseases can be found in adolescents who smoke. Smoking hurts young people's physical fitness in terms of both performance and endurance---even among young people trained in competitive running. On average, someone who smokes a pack or more of cigarettes each day lives 7 years less than someone who never smoked. Smoking at an early age increases the risk of lung cancer. For most smoking-related cancers, the risk rises as the individual continues to smoke. Teens who smoke are three times more likely than nonsmokers to use alcohol, eight times more likely to use marijuana, and 22 times more likely to use cocaine. Smoking is associated with a host of other risky behaviors, such as fighting and engaging in unprotected sex. Smoking and increased mortality The Tobacco Industry kills more people in North America from Monday to Thursday of each week than the terrorists murdered in total on Sept. 11, 2001. By 2030, tobacco is expected to be the single biggest cause of death worldwide, accounting for about 10 million deaths per year. I know you don’t want to be counted among them? Quitting smoking is not easy, but with help, you can do it. Smokers tend to think of quitting as a huge, insurmountable obstacle. More than 3 million Americans quit every year. You can be one of them this year. Don’t give up on quitting because you’ve tried so many times and failed. Don’t get convinced that after failing to quit before, you can never quit again. You can’t win the battle if you don't start the battle. The problem with too many unmet goals and plans is that no action was ever taken to start down the road to achieving the goal or plan. Studies of smokers who successfully quit smoking show that one of the most important traits of a successful quitter is their belief that they have the ability to quit smoking. Don’t you ever believe that you cant stop smoking which is the problem with most smokers today. They think its impossible. You must have read articles that suggest that you: Throw out all cigarettes, ashtrays, lighters, etc; Stay away from other smokers, start an exercise program, drink plenty of water, e.t.c. Most people who suggest these ideas have never smoked before and don’t know what it means to be addicted. I tried all these when I wanted to quit smoking but they could only help you quit for a while. A truly addicted smoker knows what I’m talking about. Are you really interested in quitting, or do you have a loved one you’d like to see quit smoking, please, kindly visit this webpage to get help.
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