ALL tobacco use negatively affects your person, your family, your environment, and the economy.
Smoking costs money as well as affecting your health. Cigarettes are expensive and quitting can save you money now, as well as saving on future health costs. If you need an added incentive to quit, think about how much of your weekly income is going up in smoke. One packet of cigarettes costs around $7 and the price keeps rising. What could you do for yourself and your family with that extra money? More than you think. At today’s prices, if you smoke one pack of cigarettes each day for ten years, you’ll spend almost $25,000 – easily enough to buy a new car or put a deposit on a house.
Smoking is still the single largest cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S. It kills more than 480,000 Americans each year. For every death, at least 30 Americans live with a smoking-related illness.
Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including truly nasty things like cyanide, lead, and at least 60 cancer-causing compounds. When you smoke during pregnancy, that toxic brew gets into your bloodstream, your baby's only source of oxygen and nutrients.
The most serious complications – including stillbirth, premature delivery, and low birth weight – can be chalked up to the fact that nicotine and carbon monoxide work together to reduce your baby's supply of oxygen. A shortage of oxygen can have devastating effects on your baby's growth and development. On average, smoking during pregnancy doubles the chances that a baby will be born too early or weigh less than 5 1/2 pounds at birth. Smoking also more than doubles the risk of stillbirth.
The total economic cost of smoking exceeds $1.4 trillion per year. The tobacco use epidemic is one of the biggest public health treats across the world, killing around 6 million people a year, 600,00 of who are non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke.
Secondhand smoke is the smoke that comes from the burning end of a cigarette, cigar or pipe. It is also the smoke that smokers breathe out (exhale). Even smoke that is exhaled contains substances that irritate the lining of your lungs and other tissues, such as your eyes and throat. These substances cause changes that interfere with the way the cells in your body develop increasing the risk of some cancers and other health conditions.
Third-hand smoke is the invisible tobacco "dust" or chemical that settles in the environment and stays there even after a cigarette has been put out. Third-hand smoke contains more than 250 chemicals. These harmful chemicals stay on your clothes, hair, rugs, curtains, toys, and coat every surface in your home and car. Your loved ones and pets are affect by coming in contact with the environment in which cigarettes are used. A hug, a cuddle, or a board game on the floor will introduce 250 different chemicals to your children.