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Why Quit Smoking Cigarettes Today?

Stop smoking today and save your life tomorrow. Stop smoking today and save your life tomorrow.

Do you have a death wish? Most of us would hopefully answer “no” to that question but if you are a smoker, you’re answer is an emphatic “yes.” Whether you agree with that statement or not, the sad truth is smoking cigarettes will eventually kill you. If you continue smoking, chances are you will look back on your life and the decisions you made and wish to God you could go back in time and quit while you had the chance.


Cigarette smoking is an intense addiction, and it may have had a hold on you for a long time. Perhaps you’re discouraged because you think you’ve already done so much damage to your body that it’s too late to quit. It is never too late to quit. Your body will begin to heal immediately after your last cigarette, and you’ll continue to see vast improvement in the weeks and months that follow.

The Risks You’re Taking

Cigarette smoking is the biggest cause of preventable and premature death worldwide. In the United States alone, smoking related diseases cause more than 440,000 deaths every year. If you’re a smoker, your life expectancy is cut short by 10 to 12 years. You are 10 times as likely to get lung cancer, and your risk of heart attack increases by 70%. 80% of cigarette smokers will be eventually diagnosed with heart disease, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis.

Cigarette smoking affects your entire body. You’re at risk for cancer of the mouth – not to mention gum disease and tooth decay. (Don’t expect to get too many girls once your teeth turn yellow.) The harmful chemicals in smoke attack your breathing tubes and lungs, resulting in a number of illnesses and chronic coughing. The effects of smoking on your heart are devastating. Carbon monoxide robs your blood of oxygen and leads to the development of cholesterol deposits on your artery walls. This puts you at high risk for heart attack, stroke, impotence, and loss of circulation.

When you smoke cigarettes, you’re literally inviting cancer into your body. Not just of the mouth, throat, and lungs – but also stomach, bladder, and pancreatic cancer, which are often fatal. Is it really worth the risk?

When You Quit Smoking

Okay here’s the good news. When you quit smoking your body starts to repair itself right away. Your pulse rate and blood pressure may drop within one day. After two days, the carbon monoxide level in your blood may return to normal, making it easier for you to breathe. Your circulation will rapidly improve and your lungs will start to heal.

Within one year of quitting, your risk of coronary heart disease may be half that of someone who is still smoking. After four to five years, your risk of bladder and oral cancer, as well as cancer of the esophagus, is reduced by 50%. After 10 years of quitting, your chances of getting lung cancer may be 50 to 70% less than someone who is still smoking. Within fifteen years, your risk of stroke and heart disease may be the same as someone who has never picked up a cigarette.

Think about the people who love you. Picture their grief as they stand around your coffin, knowing you could have had an extra ten or fifteen years to be with them. It’s true; quitting smoking cigarettes is very difficult. But ask yourself this: Is your smoking addiction really worth giving up your life for?

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