Smoking Cigarettes

Smoking cigarettes - white man with gold chain on neck smoking cigarette

Positive Affirmation – Quitting Cigarettes

“I am free of cigarettes because I have experienced the joy of lighting up during many different activities and now I realize that it’s not for me. Smoking cigarettes kill my lungs and I prefer to breath peacefully instead. Cigarettes increase my chances of developing lung, bladder and pancreatic cancer and also make me cough like a mule. Cigarettes make me reek like an old chimney and make my fingers look disgusting. They enslave me by causing me to smoke whenever I get a break or experience an unpleasant emotion. Cigarettes are the most addicting substance known to mankind and I refuse to further engage with this evil drug. I cherish my mind, body and soul and cigarettes are no longer a part of my life. I am free of cigarettes and proud of it!

People start smoking cigarettes to look cool and fit in, but I am cool without them. I don’t need cigarettes to make friends. I make friends without cigarettes through my personality alone. Who needs cigarettes to enhance their personality? It’s only a facade. My personality shines without cigarettes and people appreciate me for who I am. While it may be fun to smoke with others, I am destroying my health and creating a monster of an addiction. Why become addicted to something for the sake of fitting in? Even if I fit in, I may never talk to these kids ever again.

Smoking cigarettes - white woman smoking cigarette

Smoking Cigarettes is a Waste of Life

I cherish my life and don’t want to erase precious minutes by inhaling poison. This poison makes me feel better in the moment, but it will make me feel worse in the future. Cigarettes do not bring me happiness. I prefer to not smoke anything and just be natural, finding happiness through exercise, learning and spending time with friends and family. What do I gain from smoking? I want to live a long and prosperous life and feel healthy in the present and future. I can’t even exercise properly when I smoke; becoming out of breath like an exhausted dog is a terrible feeling. No, that’s not for me. Smoking cigarettes is a waste of life.”

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

Health Effects Of Cigarettes

Grayscale photography of young man smoking a cigarette in front of a girl

Smoking A Lot Of Cigarettes Lately

The most addicting drug known to mankind, arguably, is nicotine which is found in cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. More than 400,000 deaths each year in the United States are attributable to smoking cigarettes.

90% of all lung cancer deaths are due to smoking. More women die from lung cancer than breast cancer. Smoking damages the small airways and alveoli in your lungs, which are responsible for exchanging carbon dioxide and oxygen. Oxygen is breathed in while CO2 is breathed out.

Some lung diseases caused by smoking include lung cancer, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Chronic bronchitis is caused by the bronchial tubes becoming narrowed, inflamed and secreting a lot of mucus, leading to chronic coughing and difficulty breathing.

Emphysema is caused by the air sacs in the lungs (alveoli) thinning and rupturing, resulting in larger air spaces instead of many small ones. Paradoxically, this makes it more difficult to breath due to less surface area available for gas exchange at the alveoli, resulting in shortness of breath.

Smoking can also damage your heart and brain. Your blood vessels become thicker and narrower, promoting several physiological changes: an increase in blood pressure, an increase in heart rate and clot formation. Clots can form in the blood vessels supplying your heart, restricting blood flow and resulting in coronary heart disease. Small pieces of clots can also break off and travel to the brain and cause a blockage, resulting in a stroke.

Smoking causes many different types of cancer:

  • Oropharyngeal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Renal cancer

Smoking during pregnancy not only affects the mother but also the baby:

  • Can cause an ectopic pregnancy
  • Can cause a preterm delivery
  • Can cause stillbirth
  • Can cause low birth weight
  • Can cause sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Smoking also causes:

  • Damage to your teeth and gums
  • Weaker bones (especially in women past childbearing age)
  • Reduced fertility in men by damaging sperm
  • An increased risk for developing eye damage (cataracts and age-related macular degeneration)
  • Diabetes mellitus type II
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • A decreased immune function, increasing your vulnerability to bacterial and viral infections

And lastly, smoking is very psychologically addicting. So why consume this legal substance that kills your body and imprisons your mind? It is not even worth it to try it once. You have no idea how your mind will react to it; you may never try it again or find yourself in a deadly, passionate love affair!

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

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