50 Reasons to Stop Smoking

Smoking kills 500,000 people in the US alone per year, and 16 million people suffer from conditions and illnesses related to smoking. Cigarettes contain 70 chemicals KNOWN to cause cancer.

1. Lung Cancer

Smoking is the #1 cause of lung cancer. Smokers are up to 30 times more likely to develop lung cancer. The longer you smoke, the higher your risk.

2. Heart Disease

Heart disease risk is two to four times higher for smokers, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine

3. Diabetes

People who smoke are 30 to 40 percent more likely to develop type-2 diabetes than nonsmokers. Smoking makes diabetes harder to control, according to the FDA.

4. Liver Cancer

Smoking increases your risk of developing liver cancer.

5. Erectile Dysfunction

Smoking creates plaque buildup in the arteries and obstructs blood flow, making sexual relations more difficult.

6. Ectopic Pregnancy

Approximately 11 percent of these types of pregnancies can be directly associated to smoking. Learn more at the CDC.

7. Vision Loss

Studies have shown that smoking increases the risk of cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and Dry Eye Syndrome.

8. Tuberculosis

Smoking doubles the chance of recurrent tuberculosis in patients previously treated for TB.

9. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Smoking increases your likelihood of developing rheumatoid arthritis, and for those already at risk for developing this disease smoking makes it even higher.

10. Colorectal Cancer

Those who smoke are more likely to die from colorectal cancer.

11. Secondhand Smoke

Second-hand smoke is classified as a carcinogenic agent by the EPA – every year in the US it causes 42,000 heart disease deaths, 3,400 lung cancer deaths, worsening asthma and 150,000-300,000 lower respiratory tract infections.

12. Medical Care

In the US $289 billion dollars is spent on medical care and other economic costs for smokers annually.

13. Shortened Lifespan

Smokers lose more than 10 years off their life expectancy – studies show every cigarette takes 11 minutes off your life.

14. Stroke

Smoking increases plaque buildup and can damage blood vessels in the brain, causing strokes. Secondhand smoke contributes to strokes in nonsmokers.

15. Bladder Cancer       

Smoking is risk factor #1 for bladder cancer. Smokers are three times more likely to develop bladder cancer.

16. Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer risk doubles in women who smoke, and decreases the body’s ability to fight off HPV.

17. Immune System

Smoking depresses antibodies and cells in the body that help fight off invading pathogens. 

18. Birth Defects

Smoking during pregnancy increases the likelihood of having a baby with birth defects like cleft palate.

19. Cancer Treatment

Smokers often have more side effects from chemotherapy and radiation. Patients who smoke also have more complications after surgery.

20. Increased Illness

Smoking increases your chances of contracting common illnesses, and symptoms for these illnesses are more severe for smokers.

21. Appearance

Smoking makes your skin look older and more haggard, and discolors teeth and fingernails.

22. Expense

According to the National Cancer Institute, the average cost of a pack of cigarettes is $6.28, which means a pack-a-day habit costs $188 per month or $2,292 per year.

23. Time

Smoking breaks take time away from other activities including work, family and social activities.

24. Smells

Everything in a smoker’s life smells like smoke including their clothing, car and home.

25. Family

Secondhand smoke is dangerous and causes many illnesses and diseases. Quitting will keep your family healthy in the long run.

26. Animal Testing

Animals were used to test the dangers of smoking in the U.S. The animals tested include mice, dogs and monkeys.

27. Better Sleep

Nicotine disrupts sleep – and smoking can also raise the risk of developing sleep conditions, such as sleep apnea.

28. Stronger Bones

Studies have shown that smoking increases the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. 

29. Hearing Loss

People who smoke are 70% more likely to suffer from hearing loss.

30. Vacations

England, France, New Zealand and Puerto Rico now ONLY offer smoke-free bars and restaurants.

31. Psoriasis

Smoking can increase the risk of developing psoriasis, and can make psoriasis symptoms worse.

32. Warmer Hands and Feet

Poor circulation is another symptom of smoking, causing cold hands and feet. Your body will feel warmer as circulation returns to normal after quitting smoking.

33. Less Caffeine

Smokers require almost twice the caffeine as nonsmokers. Caffeine levels in nonsmokers lasted for 6 hours but levels in smokers only lasted for 3.5 hours according to a study.

34. Oral Contraceptives

Smoking while taking some forms of contraceptives increases a woman’s risk of cardiovascular side effects. Women who smoke may experience abdominal pain as well as yellowing of the eyes and skin.

35. Crohn’s Disease

Smokers have a higher risk of developing Crohn’s Disease, and smokers with Crohn’s will have more severe complications and a higher risk of surgery.

36. Acid Reflux

Smoking can cause more frequent heartburn and acid reflux.

37. Healthier Diet

Smokers tend to eat foods with more saturated fat and cholesterol and consume more alcohol. They also tend to have inadequate fiber, vitamin C or vitamin E in their diets.

38. Smoke Stains

Nicotine and tar from cigarettes leave ugly, hard to remove stains on the walls of a smoker’s home.

39. Hair

Smoking can cause premature baldness and earlier graying.

40. Pets

Secondhand smoke has been shown to cause oral cancer and lymphoma in cats, lung and nasal cancer in dogs, and lung cancer in birds.

41. Life Insurance

Life insurance rates are 20-30% lower for nonsmokers. 

42. Wound Healing

Smoking causes wounds to heal slower because it reduces the blood flow to the skin.                

43. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Infants who are exposed to secondhand smoke after birth are at increased risk for SIDS.          

44. Menopause

Female smokers experience more hot flashes during menopause. Research has linked early menopause and more severe symptoms to smoking.

45. Male Fertility

Smoking damages sperm, making them less able to fertilize an egg.

46. Relationships

Many dating site polls discovered that a majority of their site’s users would not date smoker. 

47. Dementia

Smoking is a significant risk factor for vascular dementia.

48. Female Fertility

Female smokers have twice the rate of infertility as nonsmokers, and the infertility rate increases with the number of cigarettes smoked daily.

49. Alzheimer’s Disease

The mental decline in elderly smokers is five times faster than nonsmokers. Research has shown tobacco can accelerate the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. 

50. Lupus

Studies have shown that smoking increases the risk of developing lupus.

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