“Smoking hot” would be the spice of my success story. I quit smoking after 35 years…cold turkey, from on day to the next…without any warning. I just decided it was time and I put them out for good.
But it’s not so much about me anymore, its about spreading the word. My hope is to inspire other smokers to think about quitting as well, or reach one child and have them re-think and question the cigarette in their hands, that would give my blog purpose.
We have still have 45 Million smokers, 3 Millions of them are kids…these numbers are scary. One out of 3 cancers is cost by smoking or smoking related. These are facts!
Even though the number of smokers has gone down, the figures of those dying from disease linked to tobacco products are up.
While 440,000 people died from smoking-related causes in 2008, that number has risen to 480,000 people dying each year, according to the report (source surgeon general report 2014)
And even though the latest data suggests 87% of lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking and secondhand smoke, more smokers age 35 and older die from heart disease than lung cancer.
Another alarming milestone, according to the report, is that women have caught up to men and for the first time are just as likely as men to die from smoking-related diseases.
For the first time, the report found that smoking can cause diabetes, erectile dysfunction, rheumatoid arthritis, macular degeneration, ectopic pregnancies and impaired immune function. Smokers have a 30% to 40% increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared with nonsmokers.
And women who smoke early in their pregnancies put their unborn at risk of having cleft palates or cleft lips, according to the report.
Some 5.6 million children living today will die early because of smoking if things don’t change, the report warns.
I want things to change for the generations behind me. I don’t want kids to be in my shoes in 35 years, wondering how much damage they did to themselves.
I believe I deserve “smoking hot” don’t you think?
Todays daily prompt If “failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor” (Truman Capote), how spicy do you like your success stories?