Most of us are well aware that smoking causes lung cancer, second hand smoke can have negative health consequences, and that nicotine is highly addictive. If these age-old “smoking will kill you” messages haven’t helped you kick the habit – maybe these lesser known facts will!
Kiss Your Youthful Looks Goodbye
Smoking destroys key elements that help you maintain a youthful appearance such as collagen, elastin and tissue. Not only does smoking cause wrinkles and yellowing teeth, it also damages the DNA in hair follicles causing smokers to have thinner hair that tends to go gray sooner. What’s more, men who smoke are about twice as likely to lose their hair as nonsmokers.
Smoking makes your body more resistant to insulin, raising your body’s blood sugar levels. Uncontrolled blood sugar can lead to diabetes and serious complications including heart disease, kidney disease, and poor blood flow in the legs and feet that may result in infections, ulcers and possible amputation.
Decreased Life Expectancy
Did you know that each cigarette you smoke reduces your life span by 11 minutes? If you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day for a year, you reduce your life expectancy by a total of 55 days!
More Deadly than Car Crashes or HIV
One in five deaths in the United States is attributed to tobacco – that’s more than car accidents, HIV deaths and homicides combined!
If you have attempted to quit smoking in the past but have been unsuccessful, don’t beat yourself up. Quitting smoking isn’t an easy task. In fact, research suggests it takes an average of 6 to 9 attempts to finally quit for good.