Most of our actions have costs as well as benefits. Although you know that smoking is bad for your health, do you know all the different types of problems caused by smoking?
Do you know what are your chances of developing various chronic diseases?
Here is a partial list of health problems caused by smoking:
- cancer of the lung, bladder, mouth, voice box, throat, kidney, cervix and bowel; heart attack, circulatory problems, stroke,
- lung disease including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, chronic bronchitis;
- flu, pneumonia, colds,peptic ulcer, Crohn’s disease, tooth loss, gum disease, osteoporosis, sleep problems, cataracts, thyroid disease, and menstrual problems.
- Smoking is also related to infertility, sudden infant death syndrome and infant health problems.
Based on the information you have provided, here are some potential health and budgetary costs to consider about your smoking.
Although it is your choice to smoke, others are affected by these choices. There is a great deal of scientific evidence from all around the world that people exposed to second-hand smoke are more likely to develop and die from heart problems, lung cancer, and breathing problems. Unfortunately, many of the harmful products in smoke are in the form of gas.
Therefore, they cannot be filtered out through ventilation systems or special fans. Because children breathe faster than adults, they are particularly vulnerable. Parents who smoke increase the chances that their children will develop asthma by 200 to 400 per cent. Children exposed to second-hand smoke are also more likely to develop ear infections.
Your decision to smoke may also send a message to your children that it is OK if they start to smoke. Finally, even your pets can be affected by your second-hand smoke. They too are more likely to develop cancer and other health problems. So, if you decide to smoke, please be careful where you smoke.