The Untold Truth about Smoking

We all know that smoking is bad. As bad as the graphic warnings on each pack of cigarettes. There are 1.3 billion smokers in the world today, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). If the trend continues, that number is expected to increase to 1.6 billion by the year 2025. There are more reasons to stop that didn’t show on the packs of cigarettes; such as.


Smoking makes women single.

That’s right! One of the reasons your smoking BFF is still single is probably due to the fact that she smokes even she’s smoking hot. As it turns out, smoking is the no. 1 turnoff for men.

Smoking tops the chart when men vote for the top turnoffs when choosing a girlfriend or a wife.

  • Smokers kill nonsmokers – nonsmokers take up 12% of the total death toll due to smoking, without smoking. Smoking is injurious to the health of the person and people around them [6]. Almost half of the children regularly breathe air polluted by tobacco smoke in public places. Why would a man marry a woman who causes the premature death and pains of their own and those of their children?

By the way, smoking causes excruciating physical pain.

Smoking is the direct risk factor or cause of 16 out of the 20 painful health conditions listed by the National Health Service in England including:

Smokers are nearly 3 times likely to get lower back pain than nonsmokers; it also aggravates abdominal and joint pain as it increases pain sensitivity [23].

  • Tobacco impairs the delivery of oxygen-rich blood to bones and tissues. Decreasing blood and nutrient flow can cause degeneration, particularly in discs of the spine, which already have more limited blood flow. The result can be lower back pain and sometimes osteoporosis.

Smoking Causes Cancer

Apart from all the deadly diseases mentioned above, there are 16 different types of cancers that can be caused due to smoking According to Cancer Council NSW;

1 cigarette reduces your life by 11 minutes [26]

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death.

Physical pain and health problems of your body can be avoided by not lighting up a cigarette.  Besides the well-documented costs of your health and attractiveness, your bank balance is healthier after quitting smoking.

You save US$ 15,096 per year by not buying nor lighting up any cigarette

Before you pick up a cigarette again, first check out the below summary about the effects of smoking on the human body.

Direct Risks from Smoking – Smoking Damages The Whole Body 


–         Lung
women x 25.7 times, men x 25 times

–        Trachea, bronchus

women x 12 times, men x 23 times

–        Liver

–        Acute myeloid leukemia

–        Oropharynx

–        Larynx

–        Esophagus

–        Stomach

–        Pancreas

–        Kidney and ureter

–        Cervix

–        Bladder

–        Colorectal

–        Lip, pharynx, oral cavity, cervix uteri, renal pelvis, colon, and rectum, etc.

Chronic Diseases


–        Stroke x 2 to 4 times

Organs and Internal

–        Diabetes +30-40%

–        Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease x 12-13 times

–        Tuberculosis, asthma, and other respiratory effects

–        Immune function

–        Pneumonia

–        Aortic aneurysm

–        Atherosclerotic peripheral vascular disease

Reproductive Disorders

–        Reduced fertility (women)

–        Pregnancy

1)     Baby’s health would be harmed

2)     Preterm delivery

3)     Stillbirth

4)     Low birth weight

5)     Sudden infant death

6)     Ectopic pregnancy

7)     Orofacial clefts in infants

For men
1) Erectile dysfunction
2) reduce fertility
3) Increase birth defects and miscarriage


–        Coronary heart disease

women x 5 times, men x 4 times
even a smoker of 5 cigarettes or less can have early signs of heart diseases

–        Rheumatic, pulmonary heart diseases, etc.


–        Hip fractures

–        Osteoporosis



–        Rheumatoid arthritis

Aesthetic Disadvantage


Androgenetic alopecia (baldness) and premature hair graying



Premature wrinkles and expression lines



Hearing-loss, ear diseases [34]



Tooth-loss, tooth discoloration


–        Blindness, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration


–        Congenital defects

–        Periodontitis


Your bank account

US$ 6.36, an average cost of a pack of cigarettes in the U.S. in 2013 [38]

(New York is US$ 10.56 [27])

–        US$ 2,321, a pack-a-day for 1 year

–        US$ 23,210, for 10 years


US$ 35, health-related costs to a smoker per pack of cigarettes in the U.S.

–        US$ 12,775, a pack-a-day for 1 year

–        US$ 127,750, for 10 years


= US$ 150,960 for 10 years of smoking.

This amount excludes the higher insurance premium that smokers would be charged in the U.S.

Your Family

Smoking causes 12% of the death of the people you are closed to [6].


Your child

Your unborn child would have DNA damage; a shorter telomere meaning aging faster than others and increased health risks [39].


Your granddaughters

Smoking’s harmful effect is long-lasting.  67% of your granddaughters are likely to display traits of autism if you smoke during pregnancy [40].

Check out this article to learn the best ways to quit smoking – it is easier than you think!

The most important step to take is the first step — admitting you have an addiction

Besides quitting smoking, eating the right food and doing sufficient exercise for your age are key to lead a happy healthy life. Check out these articles!


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