Why Should You Stop Smoking Cigarettes?

Smoking cigarettes, eating unhealthy foods, and buying things outside our budget are often impulsive choices—ones we make again and again, despite knowing in some broad sense that they are bad for us. — Sarah Cotterill, PhD

A cigarette is a thin tube of finely chopped tobacco leaves rolled in thin paper.  Cigarettes are not always tobacco.  It may sometimes be narcotic, herbs or a medical substance like cannabis for smoking.   It is lighted up at one end, and t smoke is inhaled at the other end.  


What Is In A Cigarette?

The cigarette is primarily made up of tobacco, chemical additive, filter and wrapping paper.  Cigarettes have nicotine.  Nicotine is what makes cigarette addictive.  Nicotine is the chemical substance of tobacco that affects brain function altering perception, mood, consciousness, and behavior.  Nicotine is the chemical responsible for keeping you smoking.  Besides nicotine being bad for health, there are other chemicals in cigarettes that are harmful and can cause cancer.  

Cigarettes are full of carcinogens like ammonia, benzene, chromium, carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, lead, formaldehyde, arsenic, nitrogen, and more.  All these have toxic effects on the body that can cause cancer and damage to the lungs.


Adverse Effects Of Cigarettes On Your Health

Smoking is gross – the nicotine, the tar, its bad smell, and the way it hurts your throat.   Smoking may look cool but how you smell after puffing away some sticks and how your teeth will turn yellow or brown is not.   

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  • Cigarette smoking is habit forming.  Withdrawal, when you’re trying to stop, can impair your cognitive function leaving you anxious, irritated, and depressed.  
  • Nicotine may cause you to have headaches and sleeping problems like insomnia.
  • Smoking raises blood pressure and weakens blood vessels walls.  It poses you at risk to heart disease.  


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One consequence is that in utero exposure to nicotine causes the death of neurons that are responsible for allowing a normal degree of reward or pleasure to be derived from everyday experiences such as eating or drug-taking.  Essentially, children born of women who smoked while pregnant are compelled to smoke excessively themselves because they derive much less pleasure from the nicotine dose in a typical cigarette and must compensate by inhaling a greater amount of nicotine. — Gary L. Wenk Ph.D.

  • Pregnant women who continue to smoke endanger their unborn babies.   Aside from premature birth, babies can have congenital disabilities, low birth weight, and other fetal abnormalities.  
  • Second-hand smoke has been proven to pose same danger effect to passersby.  
  • Smoking disrupts your metabolism.  Smoking cigarettes after heavy meals cause the digestive system to prioritize flushing out the toxins from your body rather than digesting your food.  
  • Cigarettes contain many carcinogens that put you at high risk for cancer.   
  • As you inhale the smoke, toxic substance burned damage your lungs.  After some time, you may suffer from emphysema, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and worse lung cancer.
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Smoking is addicting.  Once you started with one, you’ll get hooked, and it’s tough to say no to your next stick, but you can stop it.  There are many helpful ways you can try when you’ve decided to quit smoking.

…while the thought-suppression group smoked the least during week 2, they rebounded so far in week 3 that they actually smoked more than they had at the outset. This suggests that a “don’t let yourself think about it” approach to addiction therapy may not only be ineffective, but may even make things worse. — John Smith Ph.D.

Just imagine the cocktail of toxic chemicals that can damage your body in just puffs of a cigarette.  Next time, before lighting your next stick, please look at your surroundings.  See who will be affected by the second-hand smoke you’ll blow from your mouth.   Exposure to cigarette smoke poses the same threat to nonsmokers.  It can be your kids, your parents, your siblings, your friends, they all will suffer the after effect of that cigarette you are enjoying.  You’re endangering not just yourself but for them as well.   


There’s no other better way to prevent this from happening than to QUIT SMOKING COMPLETELY.