Don't Delay: The Dangers of Smoking are Now

Don't Wait to Quit. Stop Smoking Now.

Don't Delay: The Dangers of Smoking are Now

By abbeysue Published at January 8, 2017 Views 1,378

Think of this! If you’re in the line of fire would you want to stay in the danger zone or run away as quickly as you can? Would it make a difference if your life was in danger now or in three to five years from now? It's still danger, right?

If you are a smoker and don’t want to quit it’s as if you have decided to not face reality and facts and remain in harms way. Facts and statistics are realities as clear as the sun. If you looked towards the sun and said “This is the moon,” does your opinion change the fact that what you’re looking at is the sun? Of course not.

Likewise, if you’re a smoker and decide to ignore the numerous proven dangers and facts of the hazards of smoking, it is the same a looking to the sun and saying this is the moon. Facts about smoking are loud and clear and there’s absolutely no doubt about that.

As a result of this deadly tobacco habit, every year half million people perish in the US and more than five million die worldwide. Millions more are maimed and are suffering the horrible consequences of smoking.

I have been helping smokers quit for more than two decades and during my pharmacy practice I’ve counseled numerous ex-smokers who thought, like every smoker did, “It won’t happen to me.” But it did. I can’t tell you how heart breaking it is to see the regret and the suffering that those people are going through. I commonly hear statements like, “I wish I never touched a cigarette,” “I wish I listened and quit smoking before lung cancer hit me,” and, “I want to tell every smoker, quit before it’s too late because it will happen to you.”

If you’re sleeping on your pillow every night secure in the knowledge that you’re safe because nothing happened to you so far then I sincerely urge to reconsider your options and face the reality of proven facts.
There is a way out and you will start healing as soon as 20 minutes after your last cigarette. In just a short few months you will feel the difference and your risk of disease becomes gradually smaller until they go away completely.

Believe me it is greener on the other side and common statements I hear from ex-smokers are: “What was I thinking…”, “I feel a whole lot better now and never going back…”, “…the smell of tobacco make me sick” and “finally I can truly enjoy a breath of fresh air…”

I strongly urge you to start shifting your thought process from “It won’t happen to me,” or “I don’t want to quit because I enjoy it” to “Smoking will definitely hurt me and I should quit.”

Start thinking of quitting within the next six months and I challenge you to start experiencing the true joy of being healthy. However, the most important factor to quitting is your decision to do so.

The clock is ticking and if you continue to smoke your life is in imminent danger. The only way to stop the ticking bomb is to quit.

Excerpt from Lifestyle Makeover for All Tobacco Users

By Pharmacist George Tohme author of “Lifestyle Makeover for All Tobacco Users

The Human Toll of Smoking in the U.S. and Worldwide

If you think that none of these dangers will happen to you or that they “only happen to other people,” think again. Clear statistics and evidence from reliable sources listed in “Sources of data” at the end of the book tell a totally different story:

"Nearly half a million people die in the U.S. every year from tobacco use…"

This means that approximately every second of every day someone is dying from a smoking-related illness within the U.S.

"Over 8 million people in the U.S. are disabled every year from tobacco use."

Disable smokers bear the scars and debilitations of years of smoking in their lungs, faces, hearts, arteries and other vital organs. These are the leftovers from their fierce battles with smoking-related illnesses. They are, unfortunately but clearly, on their way to succumbing to these deadly maladies.

The majority of these survivors compound their chances of experiencing further major health disasters by either being sedentary, overweight or obese; they may suffer from diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure, high cholesterol, or any or all of the combinations of these ailments. Many of these survivors continue to smoke. These people have the least chance for survival due to profound injuries to their lungs, hearts, brains, arteries and other vital organs. They may succumb any day because of smoking-related complications.

I have personally met these survivors during the scope of my pharmacy practice, and I have witnessed their suffering and regret. Countless times, I have waited on and counseled survivors of tobacco-related diseases.

They come to the pharmacy accompanied by their best friend; the oxygen canister at their side, from which extends tentacles that reach inside their nostrils. Others whom I have counseled and dispensed medications to, have suffered debilitating strokes or heart attacks, and others were lung or throat cancer survivors still under treatment.

I have also met, through the pharmacy counseling window, the spouses and close family members of these victims who perished due to smoking-related illnesses. The sorrow and void that these victims of tobacco leave on their families is always enormous and beyond description.

If only you, the current smokers (and that includes you the reader) hear the silent agony of these millions of smokers and non-smokers who have perished to date from tobacco-related illnesses, and if you were to actually hear each countless heart-breaking story, then you ought to know THESE SUFFERINGS ARE REAL, and the same can happen to you and “your” loved ones if you don’t quit NOW.

Even though cigarettes are accepted in societies across the globe and come across as innocuous and are exchanged among friends and family, we all know that tobacco’s only purpose is to kill everybody who falls in the trap of its deadly web.

Don’t be fooled, tobacco products across all the earth’s continents don’t discriminate among ethnic cultures, race, gender, poor, rich, celebrity or the homeless; but tobacco products destroy precious lives, and it is just a matter of time before you, the reader holding this book, yes you, become the next victim (if you continue to smoke).

Larry King, on his CNN show, “Larry King Live”, once hosted several guests who discussed the mushrooming incidences of cancer and the possible solutions. President George H. Bush, his wife Barbara, Dr. John Mendelson (a cancer researcher, practitioner and president of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Institute in Houston, Texas), and John Seffrin (CEO of the American Cancer Society) were among the guests. Both Dr. Mendelson and Mr. Seffrin stated that over a whopping one third of all cancer deaths in the USA are attributed to tobacco use and, thus, can be prevented.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 565,000 people in the U.S. died in one recent year from all forms of cancer. You must realize that one third of these deaths translate as follows:

OVER 180,000 PEOPLE DIED FROM TOBACCO USE IN THAT SINGLE YEAR (including over 16,000 deaths from second-hand smoke exposure) and these deaths could have been prevented “if” these people had not been using tobacco products or had they quit!!!

Also, according to the American Cancer Society, another amazing one third or over 180,000 people died in that year due to other preventable problems plaguing men, women and children of all ages:

These problems are OBESITY AND PHYSICAL INACTIVITY. If you are a smoker, have diabetes, high cholesterol, blood pressure, heart disease, are overweight or obese and physically inactive, PLEASE HEAR THE WARNING: YOU ARE NOW IN IMMINENT AND LIFE-THREATENING DANGER.

Although in this book I am addressing smokers, many smokers are obese and inactive, which compounds and complicates the problem. As you become tobacco-free weight gain can become an issue so in chapter 4 obesity, weight management, weight loss, learning how to build good habits, making balanced food and activity choices will be discussed in detail.

Then, according to the American Cancer Society, 360,000 people died in one year, and more will die every year, from preventable forms of cancer! Mind you, these deaths are cancer-related only. Hundreds of thousands who are smokers and/or who suffer from obesity, being overweight and/or leading sedentary lives, die from other diseases as well.

Worldwide, the story is even more eye-popping and heartbreaking. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over a whopping 5 million people die, worldwide, every year from tobacco products.

Also, according to the World Health Organization, if people continue to smoke, following the same trends, then a startling 650 million people will die worldwide in the next 4 or 5 decades from smoking-related illnesses.

All of this CAN be prevented.

Please read this following statement, quoted from The World Health Organization website www.who.int, from an article titled “Why is tobacco a public health priority” in the “Tobacco Free Initiative” section:

“…tobacco kills people at the height of their productivity, depriving families of breadwinners and nations of a healthy workforce. Tobacco users are also less productive due to increased sickness. A report estimated that the use of tobacco resulted in an annual global net loss of 2 trillion U.S. Dollars, a third of this loss being in developing countries.”

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