I ignore STOP signs!
Ok. Here are some facts that you might already know, but have avoided:
- Toxic city: Nicotine and the other chemicals in cigarettes build up toxicity in your body and brain. These toxins remain in your organism, potentially damaging major internal organs, such as your heart and lungs.
- Smoking stinks: You can tell a smoker once he or she walks in the room: "You stink!" Smoke remains on the breath, hands, hair, and clothing long after you put out a cigarette.
- You're not the only person in the room: Smoking around those people near you affects them too. There are more than 50 cancer causing chemicals in second hand smoke, which especially effect infants and children.
- The costs: Not only are there physical costs, but there are monetary costs involved. A pack of cigarettes costs around $4.50 to $5, plus taxes, which can add up to over $1,500 per year.
- Life is too short: Adult male smokers lose on average 13.2 years of life and female smokers lose 14.5 years of life because of smoking. Each year about 440,000 people die in the U.S. from tobacco use (1 in 5 adults).