12 Great Reasons to Quit Smoking

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Some great reasons to quit smoking

Do you smoke?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.”

“Cigarette smoking causes more than 440,000 deaths each year in the United States. This is about one in five deaths.”

Do these statistics make you want to quit smoking?

If you are looking for some reasons to quit smoking, here is a list of the best ones I could find:

1. Smoking Causes Cardiac Arrest and Stroke

Smoking is responsible for 30 percent of all heart attacks and cardiovascular deaths. According to the CDC website, smoking increases your chances for heart disease and stroke by 2 to 4 times.

Why? Because smoking hardens your blood vessels and arteries and forms cholesterol deposits inside them which can lead to heart attack and stroke.

2. Smoking and Tobacco Use of Any Form Causes Cancer

Tobacco in any form, including “smokeless” or chewing tobacco significantly increases the risk for cancer of the mouth.

A smoker is 10 times more likely to get lung cancer or emphysema. Smoking is linked to 87 percent of all lung cancer deaths and 82 percent of deaths due to emphysema.

On top of that, studies have linked smoking with at least 30 percent of ALL cancer deaths.

3. Smoking Causes Impotence

Smoking interferes with your circulation. This can keep you from getting an erection. If that’s not important enough for you, it can also impair your sperm motility which means you will have difficulty getting your wife pregnant.

For most men this reverses when they stop smoking.

4. Smoking Harms Your Unborn Children

If you are a woman who smokes it can reduce your fertility.

Since everything you take in affects your unborn child if you smoke you are smoking for two. Smoking increases your risks of miscarriage, having a premature baby and increases the chances that your baby will die in its first year.

Children whose mothers smoke are also 2½ times more likely to die of crib death or sudden infant death syndrome.

Smoking while pregnant affects your child for their lifetime. Studies show that the average birth weight of babies whose mother’s smoked is less than babies of nonsmokers.

These studies also showed that children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy were more likely be shorter, read slower and were more socially impaired at age 7.

There are similar results in studies about mothers exposed to second hand smoke.

5. Smoking Can Ruin Your Teeth

Smoking is bad for your dental health. I get a steady flow of patients sent to me by their dentists that want them to quit smoking.

At the very least, smoking turns your teeth yellow and gives you bad breath. At its worst, smoking causes gum disease, tooth decay and even cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus.

6. Smoking Causes Cancer of the Mouth, Throat and Esophagus

Studies have found that the tars and other chemicals in cigarette smoke can trigger cancer of the esophagus and throat.

Esophageal cancer is often fatal, killing over 12,000 people a year and is the seventh leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States.

7. Smoking Causes Poor Circulation to Your Hands and Feet

This goes back to the first problem with smoking; it causes problems with your circulatory system.

The poor circulation caused by smoking can result in claudication or chronic pains in the legs, feet and toes when you exercise and eventually all the time.

After a while your circulation problems can lead to gangrene and the amputations of your toes or feet. Smoking is also linked to loss of circulation in your hands and fingers.

8. Smoking Wrinkles Your Skin

Since smoking reduces your circulation it also damages your skin. Smokers easily look at least 5 years older than non-smokers, with faces looking like an old, wrinkled piece of poorly kept leather.

The skin wrinkles because smoking reduces blood flow to your skin, depleting it of the oxygen and nutrients it needs. Smoking also reduces the amount collagen and elastin in your skin, which are natural skin softeners.

Since cigarette smoke irritates the eyes, smokers squint more which leads to more wrinkles around the corners of the eyes, again making them look older.

9. Smoking Causes Longer Colds, Flu’s and Bronchitis

The chemicals in cigarette smoke cause inflammation to the bronchi. This can result in a chronic smoker’s cough and weaken the bronchi, causing them to erode. As the bronchi weaken they become more susceptible to bronchial infections as well as to colds and the flu.

Eventually this can lead to chronic bronchitis.

10. Smoking Causes Heartburn, Ulcers and other Digestive Problems

Smoking affects your entire digestive system. When you smoke your stomach secrets more acid, this can contribute to heartburn and peptic ulcers.

Since smoking interferes with circulation, smoking also interferes with the healing of ulcers to the stomach and duodenum.

11. Smoking Causes Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that mostly affects women. It decreases bone density, causing them to weaken and fracture more easily.

Recent studies have shown a direct link between smoking and decreased bone density.

12. Smoking Damages Kidneys

Since smoking affects your circulation it also can elevate your blood pressure which is bad for your kidneys.

While high blood pressure can damage blood vessels throughout your body, when blood vessels in your kidneys are damaged it interferes with your kidney’s ability to remove wastes and excessive fluid.

The extra fluid in your blood vessels can lead to a vicious cycle, raising your blood pressure even more, eventually resulting in kidney failure.

Are any of these Your Reasons to Quit Smoking?

Smoking directly affects your health.

Statistically 40 percent of men who smoke die before they reach the age of 65. Women who smoke increase their chances of cervical cancer and premature death.

If you’re pregnant and you or your significant other smoke you are increasing the risks for the health of your unborn child.

But as long as you haven’t had any of these problems you still have time. You can quit smoking and let your body repair itself. While it does take time, your body can be just as healthy as someone who has never smoked.

Smoking is not an incurable addiction. You just have to decide to quit.

While it can be a struggle but there are ways to quit smoking that will work for you. From cold turkey to hypnotherapy to quit smoking, there is something out there that will work for you.

Do it for life!

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About the Author

Wil Dieck is America’s #1 Mental Fitness Coach©. He is also the founder of Total Mind Therapy©, a system that uses Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)©.

NEC is a system that uses the best of three highly effective processes, Advanced Hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques (NLP) and meditative breathing techniques from Qigong, a Chinese Martial Art, and combines them into one powerful system that you can use to alter your thinking patterns that allow you to make quick and lasting shifts in your behavior and, as a result, quit smoking cigarettes.

Wil is a Master Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner (NLP) hypnotherapist and Qigong Practitioner. His office is located in San Diego, CA.

He has taught hundreds of people in individual and business settings how to use Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques to stop smoking cigarettes now.

Wil is available for individual coaching sessions and group presentations for using NEC or hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming as well as using meditation techniques from Qigong to help you stop smoking now.

If you are interested in learning more about using Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques to stop smoking, then call (619) 293-3255 for your complimentary personalized assessment and action plan.

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