>> Apr 30, 2014
Smoking is a nasty habit as we all know well, though many are still of the mind that it’s cool, fashionable and the like. But really, what exactly is cool or fashionable about putting approximately 600 chemicals that when burnt transform into 4000 chemicals into your body?
Here’s what happens to your (now youthful) body when you knowingly and willingly destroy it with a dose of 4000 chemicals.
Bags under your eyes
According to a Johns Hopkins study, you’re four times more likely to feeling unrested after a (probably restless) night’s sleep. This is thought to be because of the onset of nicotine withdrawal.
Smoker’s face – don’t know what this is? It was the result of a 1985 study that tried to come up with a name for that grey, sallow look that smokers often possess. This is brought on by carbon monoxide which reduces blood flow and has a tendency to dry out the skin leaving it discoloured.
On average, smokers look 14 years older than non-smokers. This is due to some of the 4000 chemicals preventing your blood supply from moving about your body as it should.
This is a scaly skin condition that you’re four times more likely to suffer from if you’re a smoker.
Vasoconstriction is essentially a condition that causes the blood vessels to narrow which limits the flow of blood en route to the vessels in the skin. As a result, smokers’ bodies are unable to heal as they should and scars form more easily.
Smokers generally have thinner hair than non-smokers and they also go grey younger as well. A 2007 study conducted in Taiwan found that men who smoke are twice as likely to go bald as non-smokers.
A 2005 UK study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology found that smokers are 6 times more likely to develop gum disease which is a prominent cause of tooth loss.
Your remaining teeth will turn yellow because of the nicotine and if that isn’t enough your breath will reek – about to light up? You might like to rethink that next smoke.
If you’re not convinced, take a look at this link that shows pictures of twins, one a smoker and the other a non-smoker.
Five benefits of quitting
There are more than five benefits to quitting smoking but as you’re probably anxious to light up we’ll keep things brief.
However, if you’re aware of why you should quit, consider your options including hypnosis at the Harley Street Stop Smoking Clinic in London, the outstandingly effective START method, nicotine gum and patches as cessation aids and books like Allen Carr’s ‘The Easy Way to Quit Smoking’.
1. You’ll look better, healthier and younger
As has been the point to this article, smoking damages your health in so many ways. When you quit you’ll look better, healthier and younger – isn’t that a reason in itself?
2. You’ll be happier
Less anxiety, no craving for nicotine and improved health – who wouldn’t feel happier?
3. Women will live a decade longer
There was no mention of men, though women certainly have something to look forward to if they quit!
4. You’ll improve your pregnancy chances
NBC News recently reported that female smokers are 60 percent less likely to be fertile, plus smoking has been linked to higher rates of spontaneous miscarriages.
5. A better sex life
There’s a link between decreased sex drives in both men and women and smoking, not to mention a reduction in sexual arousal – do you need another reason to quit?
About the Author:
A clinic that offers smokers a quick and easy way to quit, Harley Street Stop Smoking in London utilises the power of hypnotherapy in helping people achieve a healthier lifestyle.