Why You Should Quit Smoking
Key Stats To Help You Quit
Smoking is lethal. It causes cancer, heart disease, strokes, lung disease and diabetes just to name a few. Tobacco smoking is the largest single preventable cause of death and disease in Australia, prematurely killing 21,000 Australians every year – more than 50 preventable deaths per day.
Cancer is the number one cause of smoking related death.
- Cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, and trachea
- Cancer of the lungs
- Cancer of the stomach and oesophagus
- Cancer of the pancreas
- Cancer of the bladder
Smoking is the major risk factor for a number of diseases including:
- heart attack
- peripheral vascular disease and amputation
- uncontrolled asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
- diabetic related complications such as blindness and kidney failure.
- reduced fertility
Quitting before 40 years of age reduces your risk of dying from smoking-related disease by about 90%. Quitting at any age is beneficial with your risk of overall death declining as soon as you stop smoking cigarettes.
Smoking does not only affect you but those around you too. Passive smoking is when someone breathes in second-hand tobacco smoke which means they are breathing in the same toxic chemicals as you are. Passive smokers can get the same diseases that a smoker gets and they haven’t even chosen to be the ones who smoke. For every 8 smokers that die 1 passive smoker dies. Is it fair for those around you to suffer the same fate even though they choose not to have those harmful chemicals in their body?
Smoking is a terrible habit that needs to be stopped to save yourself and your loved ones.