The dangers of smoking are prolific, often resulting in the long-term negative impact on overall health and wellness. Smoking cigarettes negatively affect nearly every aspect of physical health, from cavities and blindness to diabetes and cancer; but it also reaches into a smoker’s social life and personal relationships. While there are a million reasons to quit smoking, we can’t possibly list them all here today. We can, however, offer an abbreviated version, in addition to a solution for employees who may be experiencing difficulty kicking a highly-addictive habit.
10 Dangers of Smoking – And Why It’s Worth Booting a Bad Behavior
Listen up! Here is a list of what you are actually doing when you continue smoking:
- Shortening Your Own Lifespan: 1 in 3 cancer deaths is related to smoking, and about half of smokers who don’t quit will die of a smoking-related disease. On average, male smokers lose 13.2 years of life, and females 14.5 years, compared to non-smokers.
- Exposing Those You Care For To Dangerous Secondhand Smoke: Of all the negative impacts tobacco produces, the most unfair is the negative effects of smoking on nonsmokers. Second-hand smoke kills 50,000 people a year and sickens many more.
- Reducing Your Fertility: Many people are aware of the risks associated with smoking while pregnant, but did you know the habit can also affect your ability to get pregnant? Smoking can make it harder for a woman to conceive, but can also affect men’s sperm, reducing fertility and increasing risks of birth defects and miscarriage.
- Littering: A whopping 1.69 billion pounds of cigarette butts wind up as trash each year, making them the number one littered item on earth. It’s not only one of the dangers of smoking – it doesn’t do much for the aesthetics of the workplace either!
- Spending: It’s expensive to smoke. The average smoker spends over $2,000 a year on cigarettes, not to mention higher health insurance rates and health care costs.
- Stinking: One of the harmful effects of tobacco is a poor sense of smell, so you may not even realize you carry the odor of cigarettes with you everywhere you go. But friends, family and co-workers certainly do. Hair, clothing – even fingers – smell terrible.
- Aging: Smoking prematurely ages you! As you smoke, you dehydrate your skin, leading to wrinkles. Smoking also stains your teeth, fingers and fingernails, contributing to the appearance of old age.
- Inviting Negative Social Stigma: Since people are aware of the dangers of smoking, there are more people who frown on smoking than those who favor the habit. It’s banned in nearly all public places, and some landlords won’t rent to smokers due to higher maintenance and insurance costs.
- Supporting Big Tobacco: When you think of reasons to quit smoking, do you ever consider that you’re literally paying the tobacco industry to poison you?
- Setting a Bad Example: Would you want your son, daughter, niece or nephew to smoke? Every time they see you light up, you’re teaching them to smoke themselves.
At Wellworks For You, we have designed a supplemental smoking cessation program to help your workplace not only strive to become smoke-free but to help employees overcome the dangers of smoking and work toward the highest level of health and wellness. Call us today to learn more, 800-425-4657.