Smoking kills. There's no two ways about it. The question is, what are you, as parents, doing to prevent your children from smoking. Today, on No Tobacco Day, let's take a look at the dangers of indulging in this habit.
constantly subjectedto peer pressure - from the time they begin school,
till the time they leave college or maybe beyond, friends and acquaintances
will yield significant influence over their decisions - which may sometimes
cause them to take the wrong steps. The role of parenting is crucial as
far as peer pressure is concerned, because if a parent instills self-esteem
and confidence in a child, he would be able to say NO to his peers without
any fear of ridicule. Let's teach
our children the harmful effects of tobacco, and to say NO to a friend
offering a cigarette.
what you preach. Do you smoke? Perhaps it's time you quit. You say you
only smoke 3-5 cigarettes a day… so that's an acceptable number. When you
consider that there are those who smoke two packs a day, 5 cigarettes are
fine - your body can handle it, right? Wrong. Dead wrong.
cigarette you smoke, you're causing damage to your health. So if you smoke
a few cigarettes a day, you'll be causing less damage to your lungs than
someone who smokes a pack or two a day, but you WILL be causing damage.
And by watching you smoke, you children will also get the idea that it's
okay to smoke. After all, daddy smokes and if daddy can do it, so can I.
Some role model you turned out to be, huh? And if you stick to those 4
a day and feel your health is fine - when your kids start smoking they
might not be so particular, and those 4 cigarettes a day could turn into
40. Scary, isn't it? If you're still having second thoughts about quitting,
it always helps to make an informed decision rather than an ignorant one.
So if you choose to smoke, make your choice an informed one. Here's the
lowdown of the fag.
you smoke reduces your lifespan by 11 minutes. The earlier calculation
estimated 5 minutes, but with the life-span of non-smokers increasing,
this figure has grown to 11 minutes.
smoker will live a healthier life, subject to fewer diseases.
Take a look
at just some of the 4000 chemicals that are in a cigarette.
used to preserve dead bodies
Benzene - used
Cadmium - used
to make batteries
Nicotine - the
chemical that gives you a 'hit' and makes cigarettes addictive
Tar - transports
other chemicals to your bloodstream, gets deposited in your lungs and stains
Acetone - used
in nailpolish remover
- hardens the arteries and causes heart problems
not only are you harming yourself, but you are harming others around you
by producing secondhand smoke, which will be inhaled by those around you.
you have been smoking for many years and suddenly quit, don't expect yourself
you bounce back into the pink of health. That's not going to happen. The
nicotine would have already caused substantial and possibly irreversable
damage to your body and your lungs, so have realistic expectations. But
this doesn't mean that quitting won't have any benefits at all. It's never
to late to quit and no matter when you quit, your body will thank you for
it. You will notice:
in your sense of smell
in your sense of taste
Your breath will
smell cleaner and fresher
Blood circulation will pick up
Risk of contracting
cancer and heart disease will improve
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