There was a time when smokers thought they were only hurting themselves. Now research has shown that breathing second-hand smoke can cause illness in the people around them.
Inhaling someone else's cigarette smoke (called passive smoking) can be harmful. Some of the irritating and poisonous gases drift off the end of the cigarette in even higher concentrations than what the smoker inhales. The U.S. Surgeon General reported in 1986 that the risk of lung cancer is 30 percent higher for non-smoking spouses of smokers than it is for non-smoking spouses of non-smokers.
Don't model cigarette smoking to your children. Studies show that the highest number of teenagers who smoke are those from families in which one or both parents smoke.
Smoking is No Longer Socially Acceptable
It's getting harder and harder to find a place where it's OK to smoke. Smoking has been banned on airplanes, in movie theaters, in many public buildings and in many businesses. Even if you do find a place you can smoke, non-smokers are becoming very outspoken about their rights.
Despite the fact that tobacco companies strive to make smoking look sexy in their ads, smoking is actually detrimental to a person's sexual attractiveness, because it:
- Causes early wrinkling of the skin
- Stains teeth and fingers
- Affects the color of your complexion
- Makes your clothing and breath smell
- Makes you cough and clear your throat frequently
The Cost of Smoking
Cigarette smoking is an expensive habit. If you saved just $1 a day by quitting and put it in a bank where you received eight percent interest, over time you would have saved:
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Damage to Furniture and Clothing
Inevitably, smokers end up with little burns on their clothing, furniture, carpeting and car upholstery.
Increased Insurance Costs
Smokers are now being asked to pay more for life insurance policies. Some medical insurance policies are also requiring smokers to pay more, since they have more claims than non-smokers.