Quitting smoking is possible. One of the first steps toward quitting is knowing the facts about how much smoking harms ourselves and those around us. A few of the many reasons to stop smoking:
- Smoking causes cancer. Lung cancer is now the most common cancer globally.
- Smoking increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome in pregnant mothers.
- Smoking from a young age can result in early menopause in middle-aged women.
- Smoking reduces estrogen levels in women and accelerates thinning of the bones.
- Smoking is a common cause of erectile dysfunction in men, in many cases so severe that it cannot be treated by medication.
- Smoking increases the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
- Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at high risk for all of the same medical risks as their family members who smoke. They are also more likely to have behavioral problems.
Fortunately, there are a variety of effective smoking cessation programs and products to assist you. If you are currently looking to quit smoking but are having difficulty, you may be interested in trying our new online CigArrest program.