Almost everyone knows that smoking causes cancer, emphysema, and heart disease; that it can shorten your life by 10 years or more; and that the habit can cost a smoker thousands of dollars a year. Like heroin or other addictive drugs, the body and mind quickly become so used to the nicotine in cigarettes that a person needs to have it just to feel normal.People start smoking for a variety of different reasons. Others start because their family members or friends smoke.Smokers not only develop wrinkles and yellow teeth, they also lose bone density, which increases their risk of osteoporosis, a condition that causes older people to become bent over and their bones to break more easily.
People who smoke can develop skin problems like psoriasis (a type of rash), and are more likely to get wrinkles.
Also, they have an increased risk of infections like bronchitis and pneumonia.
It doesn't help to substitute products that seem like they're better for you than regular cigarettes, such as e-cigarettes or filtered or low-tar cigarettes.
The only thing that really helps a person avoid the problems associated with smoking is staying smoke-free.
Statistics show that about 9 out of 10 tobacco users start before they're 18 years old.
Most adults who started smoking in their teens never expected to become addicted.
The consequences of smoking may seem very far off, but long-term health problems aren't the only hazard of smoking.
Nicotine and the other toxins in cigarettes, cigars, and pipes can affect a person's body quickly, which means that teen smokers have many of these problems: All forms of tobacco — cigarettes, pipes, cigars, hookahs, and smokeless tobacco — are health hazards.
When your parents were young, people could buy cigarettes and smoke pretty much anywhere — even in hospitals! Today we're more aware about how bad smoking is for our health.
Smoking is restricted or banned in almost all public places and cigarette companies are no longer allowed to advertise on TV, radio, and in many magazines. Smoking is a hard habit to break because tobacco contains nicotine, which is highly addictive.