11 Less Minutes of Life

= Smoking One Cigarette

Every time you pick up a cigarette you lose eleven minutes of your life. That means eleven less minutes with your family and friends. On average, that is about seven to ten years of your life lost because of smoking. In fact, 1/3 of deaths from coronary heart disease are attributable to smoking including secondhand smoke.

How do you keep from smoking?

If you want to keep those eleven minutes of life, there are several ways to stop or stay away from smoking. Make sure you surround yourself with positive influences and lots of support. If the people around you don't smoke, you won't have to worry about the pressure to smoke. Think about how much money you will save by not smoking since smokers tend to spend about 2,000-3,000 dollars a year on cigarettes. Most importantly, think about how healthy you will be. You will reduce the risk of getting cancers like lung, mouth, or heart cancer. You will also reduce the risk of having a stroke and getting other types of diseases. You won't have your hair, breathe, or clothes smell like smoke and you won't have yellow teeth. If you are trying to quit, plan the day you will. Make sure to tell the people around you and to surround yourself with encouragement and support. Also, remove all tobacco products from your life, so you won't be as tempted.