“It is rare–if not impossible–to find examples in history that match tobacco’s programmed trail of death and destruction carefully. A cigarette is the only consumer product which when used as directed kills its consumer. DR. Gro Harlem Brudtland, Director-General, World Health Organization (1998-2003)
If you smoke cigarettes, you are a nicotine addict. And the CEOs who knowingly manufacture and sell you your nicotine fix are criminals. Just because lobbyists keep paying congress to support your “legal” cigarettes doesn’t change the facts. For many smokers, you no longer have control of your life. Without your fix, you can’t go on. No matter how high the cost becomes, you will find a way to get the money. That’s your life, your primary concern.
If you have children, they have slower growth and are sick much of the time from breathing the smoky, polluted air in the house. Everything inside smells like stale, putrid smoke. That includes your car, too. Your children are helpless to stop the suffering. They go to school smelling like smoke. Their eyes burn.
“Parental smoking increases a child’s risk of some of the most common and troublesome health problems of childhood, including colds, bronchitis, ear infections, and asthma. It also increases an infant’s risk of dying of sudden death syndrome.” Click on image.
This is known as child abuse.
From the book, Cigarettes: What the Warning Label Doesn’t Tell You.:
- The use of tobacco, primarily in the form of cigarettes, kills four million people a year–11,000 a day.
- Based on current trends, it is estimated that more than 500 million people living today will die as a result of smoking.
- By 2020, it is predicted that tobacco use will cause over 12 percent of deaths globally.
In the United States:
- Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death, accounting for about 440,000 deaths per year–roughly one in every five deaths.
- If current trends continue, more than six million American children living today will die prematurely because of a decision that they will make…the decision to smoke cigarettes…
Smoking cigarettes causes twice as many deaths “as six other major causes of death in the United States (combined): alcohol abuse, drug abuse, AIDS, motor vehicle crashes, homicide, and suicide.”
When you inhale cigarette smoke, “some 4,000 toxic byproducts are absorbed into the bloodstream and transported to every cell in the body. Nicotine and other tobacco smoke components can be measured in such seemingly remote tissues and fluids as seminal fluid, cervical secretions, the eyes, and the hair…it affects everything.” (See link above)
The research and documentation is thorough and definite. No one should use tobacco by smoking or chewing. It can only bring suffering and death. Using it is not a sign of sophistication. It is a drain on the budgets of many families and adds more expenses for medical treatment as a result of illnesses and major diseases, including cancer. People avoid you (Yes they do.) You aren’t respected for your lack of judgement.
You pay more for health insurance or you can’t get insurance at all. Companies won’t hire you because of your health risks. In this world of globalization companies have their pick of several billion educated, healthy workers worldwide. In this environment, your chance of finding a job is nil.
If you are serious about quitting smoking, don’t make excuses. Just make the decision to stop and follow through. I’ve found that those who wanted to quit, did so by simply quitting “cold turkey.” They took off a couple of weeks and did it. They also started working out to improve their blood circulation (treadmill) and light weights to tone muscles. They included a more healthy diet. Find a friend who can work out with you and give you support.
Only you have the power to make it happen. If you succeed, a world of possibilities awaits.
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