Smoking Kills

The Dangers of Smoking

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Effects on personal health and family relations

- Lungs shrivel up and turn black

- Difficult time breathing

- Risk of lung disease/heart disease

- People are hooked psychologically and physically

- Children sacrifice much of their time helping a mother/father who's condition is bad due to smoking

- Children gain a feeling of frustration and helplessness due to their parents conditions

- Smoking may lead to the loss of a family member

What's in a cigarette?

Cigarette smoke contains numerous poisons, some are acetone, ammonia, benzene, cadmium, carbon monoxide, lead, mercury, nicotine, tar, hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde, and many more

Smoking Statistics

- Cigarette smoking causes over 480,000 deaths a year in the US

- More than 10 times as many US citizens have died from cigarette smoking than than have died in all the wars combined

- Smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times

- 90% cigarette smokers first tried smoking before 18 and nearly 99% first tried smoking at the age of 26

- 18.8% of men smoke and 14.8% of women smoke

- By quitting smoking you lower your risk of smoke related diseases and can add 12 years to your life

- The risk of dying from cigarettes has increased significantly over the last 50 years

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How to quit smoking

1. Change your mind by developing the will which involves paying attention to what we tell ourselves and correcting false information

2. Condition your minds by building new associations that will allow you to put smoking permanently in the past or try positive self talk

3. Quit aids and support to fortify your resolve by connecting with like minded individuals

Personal Experience

My grandma picked up the habit of smoking out of a desire to fit, thinking that smoking was alright to do and that it was viewed as "cool". Nothing immediate happened pertaining her health so she continued to smoke; however as time progressed the health effects were apparent. She began having trouble breathing and was quickly out of breath when completing effortless tasks. Her health problems soon manifested in the form of cancer and unfortunately took her life away at the age of 56.