I am proud to state I have never smoked a day in my life, not tried it and no one smokes near me if they value their lives. I have always had problems with cigarette smoke from others from a young age as it made me ill so I have been known to chase smokers around with water pistols, glasses of water and even a fire extinguisher, well as far as I am concerned where there is smoke there is fire lol!!!! Everyone that smokes knows that smoking isn’t doing them any good especially with some of the stop smoking campaigns by the NHS with graphic photo’s that have been on the television and billboards.
Smoking does not just affect the smoker but also those around them especially children of smokers that are not careful not to smoke in their children’s presence. A smokers child(ren) will almost inevitably inhale some of the second hand smoke, even if they don’t smoke in the same room as them. This puts them at risk of a wide range of unpleasant diseases, some of which can have a permanent disabling effect on their lives.
For those not clear on the dangers that tobacco poses to them and their family, I have included a summary of the serious risks smoking presents, as well as some help you can get when you’re ready to quit.
Diseases which are significantly more common in smokers
Smoking causes lung cancer and is also a contributing factor in the development of pancreatic cancer, oesophageal cancer and cancer of the larynx. Smoking increases the risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes and peripheral vascular disease. These serious conditions can result in premature death, amputation and permanent disability. Smoking is also a contributing factor in a wide range of chronic lung conditions, including asthma, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and emphysema.
The effects of second hand smoke on children
Some studies have concluded that, over time, the effects of living in a household where somebody smokes are broadly similar to being a light smoker. Children who share a home with smokers are more likely to be asthmatic, suffer from chest infections and have decayed teeth. Passive smoking has also been linked to a greater likelihood of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), Crohn’s disease, a range of neurological problems and the onset of Type II Diabetes. These risks are in addition to a gradually rising likelihood of contracting any of the diseases in which smoking plays a role.
Smoking is not only a potentially deadly habit, it’s also expensive, smelly and inconvenient. Luckily, there are a number of different aids to smoking cessation which are readily available, including gum, patches or e-cigarettes. The benefit of these options is that you can still enjoy a nicotine hit, but without all the other nasties cigarettes contain. Alternatively, why not set a date and just go cold turkey? Other successful approaches include hypnotherapy and acupuncture. Whatever method you choose, remember that, the sooner you stop, the sooner the chances of developing a serious illness begin to decrease for you and your family.
(With thanks to the NHS for the photos)