Little Known Reasons to Quit Smoking

Smokers are perfectly aware of the normal reasons that they should stop smoking cigarettes, but that sometimes isn’t enough of a deterrent to keep them from lighting up. Not only is there lung cancer, heart disease, and breathing problems to worry about, there are also several other reasons that might not be as widely known.
Alzheimer’s Disease
When they reach their elderly years, smokers have a rate of mental degradation that’s five times more rapid than individuals who don’t smoke. This evidence was compiled from a study of 9,200 women and men who were over 65.The reason for these results is most likely that smoking damages the arteries and increases a person’s risk of stroke and blood clotting, all of which can contribute to metal degradation as well as an increase in the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Risk of Autoimmune Disease
Another reason to get help quit smoking is that it can increase the likelihood that an individual will be diagnosed with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease. Lupus causes tissue damage, pain, and inflammation. Depending on the circumstances, a person can either experience mild symptoms of lupus or severe symptoms.
Although the risk of a smoker developing lupus is only slight, it is still rather significant when compared to the risk for former smokers.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
A European study showed that smoking can increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. The study found that slightly less than half of 745 SIDS cases were because the baby slept either on their stomach or their side. Approximately 16% of the deaths were connected to the child sharing the bed with their mother, but babies who shared the bed with a mother who smoked were at a significant risk. The analysis also showed that the risk of SIDS was reduced when the mother didn’t smoke during her pregnancy.
Maternal smoking alone has been linked to doubling the chance of SIDS, but that risk is about 17 times greater for babies who shared the bed with mothers who were smokers.
Colic
Something else that smoking mothers will want to think about is that their habit can increase their child’s risk of colic. Symptoms of colic include:
  • Clenched fist
  • Constant crying
  • Legs pulled to the stomach
  • Irritability
  • Red face
While the exact cause of colic has yet to be pinpointed, tobacco seems to increase levels of motilin, which is a stomach hormone that exists in the intestines and blood. The hormone also causes intestine and stomach contractions, which speeds up the motion of food through the intestines.
Impotence
Men who don’t stop smoking cigarettes might be putting themselves at increased risk of impotence. A study conducted on Chinese men revealed that those who smoked more than a pack a day were roughly 60 percent more likely to have trouble getting an erection when compared to those who were nonsmokers. Not only that, but about 15 percent of both present and past male smokers reported experiences of erectile dysfunction.
Additional Reasons
Other reasons to quit smoking include the increased risk of suffering from age-related macular degeneration as well as heartburn. Individuals who need help to quit smoking might want to seek out a smoking cessation program.    

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