Strange it may sound but yes that’s what smokers think of it, they believe that smoking increases stamina. It makes them strong and powerful. They take a puff to ease of their tension but little they know what it’s causing to them. Smoking in itself is a disease which makes a person slowly lead towards the path of death. It’s a silent killer. At first, smokers don’t realize whets happening to them but slowly they could feel the effects.
For example- your breathe, clothes, skin, everything smells of smoke and it becomes unpleasant for those around you. People hesitate in coming near smokers. Even life insurance is not easy for smokers (since their life expectancy is less so insurance becomes expensive. People tend to prefer non- smokers at work because they take less sick leave. It is said that more than 34 million working days are lost each year because of smoking-related sick leave.
We all know that smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, asthma but it may also increase the risk of developing various other conditions. These are- Dementia, Optic neuropathy – a condition affecting the nerve supplying the eye, gum diseases, tooth loss, fingers turning white or blue if exposed to cold. Smokers tend to look older than their age i.e. they may develop wrinkles on their faces making them look much older than non- smokers. In all deterioration of immune system can sum it up. Smoking will slowly lead you to death as it will develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which in turn will lead you to several years of distress and illness.
It’s never too late to quit smoking to make a difference to your health and to those around you. For example, if you stop smoking in middle age, before getting any type of disease r any syndrome, then you can still avoid the risk of death. Help is always available if one wants to leave smoking. For example- In 1972 just under half of adults in the UK were smokers. But by 1990 this number decreased drastically to just a third part. The recent step taken in this direction has been introduction of e cigs. It runs electronically through battery and one can puff by pressing a button. They turn nicotine into aerosol that is inaled but without burning tobacco. It’s been increasingly used over the world as it’s easily available and some e-cigarettes can be reused as well.