When you breathe in from a lit cigarette, more than 4,000 chemicals get into your lungs. Experts feel that more than 70 of these chemicals can cause cancer.4,5
Did You Know5 ?
The majority of people would not inhale exhaust fumes from a running vehicle. However, did you know that the poisonous gas carbon monoxide, from vehicle exhaust, is also found in cigarette smoke? Every time you smoke a cigarette, this gas enters your lungs and makes it harder for oxygen to get to your heart and brain.
Smoking harms almost every part of the body. Compared to non-smokers, smokers have:
- 10 year shorter life
- A higher risk of lung, mouth, throat and kidney cancers
- A higher risk of heart attack, stroke, stomach ulcers and pneumonia
- More tooth decay and tooth loss
Not only does smoking damage your health, but it can also affect your family and friends. Second-hand smoke can cause other people to develop: asthma, coughing or wheezing, heart disease, lung cancer.
Smoking cigarettes can impact your wallet. Consider this:
- Smoking a $12 pack of 20 cigarettes per day will cost you $84 per week which translates to $4,380 per year!
Did You Know1 ?
Did you know that your body starts recovering from the damaging effects of smoking just minutes after your last cigarette? It’s never too late to quit. Consider this:
20 minutes after quitting, your blood pressure drops to a level that is similar to before your last cigarette
8 hours after quitting, the level of carbon monoxide in your blood drops to normal levels
24 hours after quitting, your risk of a heart attack starts to drop