You’ve heard ‘em all: smoking kills, it ages the skin, and reduces fertility in both men and women. Other speculations, less scientifically proven, include a lower sex drive. What you will find below are three legitimate, medically researched reasons that can prompt you, too, to quit smoking a.s.a.p..
Women are now just as much at risk as men
Back in the 1960s, women smoked far, far less than they do nowadays – and they were also much less at risk of lung cancer, or chronic obstructive lung disease than today. Those odds have been scientifically determined by foremost researchers from the American Cancer Institute, who took a look back at death rates over the past fifty years, compared to smoking habits in the sixties, eighties and noughties. Women nowadays are just as much at risk of developing severe, life-threatening lung issues as men; that’s no wonder, since contemporary women actually smoke as much as men do. Those stats went up until the eighties, when they reached a plateau. And while modern medicine has somewhat evolved in the war waged against cancer, since the 1960s, women are much more at risk today than they were then (2.8 times more likely in the sixties to die of lung cancer, compared to non-smokers, versus over 25 times more likely in the noughties). Luckily, these days women do have smoking cessation aides like the Blu electronic cigarette at their disposal, which can help them substitute smoking for vaping, with far fewer health risks.
If you quit smoking, you can actually add years back to your lifespan
Prabhat Jha, a Canadian university professor, has recently completed a study which confirms some facts already known, i.e. that no matter where in the Western world you live (the U.S., Europe, and Japan were assessed), you will live ten years less than a non-smoker, if you continue to smoke by and past the age of forty. However, the same research report has brought a novel dimension to this issue into public attention. Specifically, Jha also investigated the odds a smoker has at adding back some of that lost time – if and only if they quit before forty. According to the poll, which surveyed men and women aged twenty-five to seventy-nine, non-smokers had far higher odds at surviving into old age than smokers. However, former smokers, who had given up on the habit between age thirty-five and forty-four, managed to add back nine years to their substantially shortened life expectancy levels.
No smoking helps kids with asthma
Yet another set of data, this time from the NHS in Great Britain, has recently confirmed that the smoking ban imposed overseas managed to drive down the number of admissions to children’s asthma hospitals. Specifically, the law came into effect during the 2006/2007 year, when the number of asthma cases among kids reached an unprecedented near twenty-seven thousand admissions. That number had been on a continuous yearly increase of 2.2 per cent. Immediately after the ban came into force, the numbers started dropping. So much so, that they are now 12.3 per cent lower than immediately before the law was implemented.