6 REASONS TO QUIT SMOKING TODAY

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It is no secret that smoking cigarettes can cause lung cancer, raise your risk of heart disease and cause your overall health to deteriorate. Though cigarette packs come with warnings that point out how smoking is injurious to health, most smokers fail to kick this dangerous habit. Here are 6 more compelling reasons why you should consider giving up cigarettes before your life goes up in smoke.
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INCREASED RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
As you grow older, the rate at which your cognitive power declines will be five times faster if you are a smoker. The risk is even more elevated if you have a family history of Alzheimer’s or dementia.
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RAISED RISK OF LUPUS
Lupus is an autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation, pain and tissue damage all over your body. Smoking is seen as one of the risk factors that speeds up the onset of lupus. Research also points out that quitting smoking can cut the risk considerably.
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DOUBLED RISK OF SIDS (MATERNAL SMOKING)
Maternal smoking can double the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in babies, while the risk can be elevated up to 17 times if the baby shares a bed with a mother who smokes.
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HEIGHTENED RISK OF IMPOTENCE
Men who smoke are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction compared to those who don’t as tobacco can reduce the blood flow to the penis, disrupting sexual performance. It can cause nerve damage to the other parts of your body as well.
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RAISED CANCER RISK IN LOVED ONES
About 41% and 30% of Indians are exposed to secondhand smoke at home and work respectively annually, which can, in turn, raise their risk of lung cancer and heart disease. It is a sad truth that a significant segment of this figure comprises children.
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ELEVATED RISK OF BLINDNESS
Smoking cigarettes can spike up your risk of age-related blindness or macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is a severe condition that can impair your central vision. But research also shows that you can cut your risk by quitting cigarettes.
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Apart from these grave risks, smoking can also cut short your lifespan and make you fall prey to many more health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, respiratory diseases, breast cancer and heartburn. Not to mention how this deadly habit could cost you a lot of time, energy and money in the long run.
Quit today for a better tomorrow.
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Reference Links
https://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/features/10-overlooked-reasons-to-quit-smoking#5
https://www.everydayhealth.com/smoking-cessation/smoking-cessation-center-why-quit.aspx
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/40-of-Indians-exposed-to-second-hand-smoke-at-home-WHO/articleshow/49038293.cms

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