- Smokers have a greater risk of developing a severe case and dying from COVID-19.
Tobacco affects your looks almost immediately
- Everything stinks! From your skin, to your whole house, your clothes, and your fingers and breath.
- Tobacco causes teeth to yellow and creates excess dental plaque.
- Smoking tobacco and the use of smokeless tobacco cause bad breath.
- Tobacco makes your skin wrinkly, making you look older faster. Smoking prematurely ages the skin by wearing away proteins that give the skin elasticity, depleting it of vitamin A and restricting blood flow.
- These wrinkles are more apparent around the lips and eyes and tobacco also makes skin leathery and dry.
- Tobacco smoking increases the risk of developing psoriasis, a noncontagious inflammatory skin condition that leaves itchy, oozing red patches all over the body.
It threatens the health of your friends and family – not just you.
- Over 1 million people die every year from exposure to second-hand smoke.
- Non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk of developing lung cancer.
- Cigarettes remain an important cause of accidental fires and resulting deaths.
- E-cigarettes also expose non-smokers and bystanders to nicotine and other harmful chemicals.
- Being exposed to second-hand smoke may increase the risk of progression from tuberculosis infection to active disease.
- Being exposed to second-hand smoke is associated with type 2 diabetes.
Smoking or using e-cigarettes around children compromises their health and safety
- Smokers’ children suffer reduced lung function, which continues to affect them in the form of chronic respiratory disorders in adulthood.
- Exposure of children to e-cigarette liquid continues to pose serious risks. There is a risk of the devices leaking, or of children swallowing the liquid.
- E-cigarettes have been known to cause serious injuries, including burns, through fires and explosions.
- School-aged children exposed to the harmful effects of second-hand smoke are also at risk for asthma through inflammation of the airways to the lungs.
- Children under 2 years of age who are exposed to second-hand smoke in the home could get middle-ear disease possibly leading to hearing loss and deafness.
- Quitting smoking decreases the risk of many diseases related to second-hand smoke in children, such as respiratory diseases (e.g., asthma) and ear infections.
Tobacco use has negative social consequences
- You want to be a good example for your kids, friends, and loved ones.
- Tobacco use can affect social interactions and relationships negatively.
- Quitting means there are no restrictions on where you can go – you can mingle socially, without feeling isolated or having to go outside to smoke.
- Quitting can make you more productive – you won’t have to stop what you are doing to have a smoke all the time.
It’s expensive – you could be spending your money on more important things
- One study found that smokers burn through an average of $1.4 million in personal costs, includes spending on cigarettes, medical costs and lower wages brought on by smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Tobacco use affects the health and productivity of workers making them prone to missed days at work.
- Tobacco use contributes to poverty by diverting household spending from basic needs such as food and shelter to tobacco.
Source: World Health Organization
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