We don’t need to go into detail about why smoking is bad for you. You’ve seen every commercial, public service announcement, and have seen pictures of lungs after smoking. Here are some statistics that you may not know:
- About a third of the male adult global population smokes.
- Smoking related-diseases kill one in 10 adults globally, or cause four million deaths. By 2030, if current trends continue, smoking will kill one in six people.
- Every eight seconds, someone dies from tobacco use.
- About 15 billion cigarettes are sold daily – or 10 million every minute.
- About 12 times more British people have died from smoking than from World War II.
- Cigarettes cause more than one in five American deaths.
- Among young teens (aged 13 to 15), about one in five smokes worldwide.
- Between 80,000 and 100,000 children worldwide start smoking every day – roughly half of whom live in Asia.
- Evidence shows that around 50% of those who start smoking in adolescent years go on to smoke for 15 to 20 years.
- Half of long-term smokers will die from tobacco. Every cigarette smoked cuts at least five minutes of life on average – about the time taken to smoke it.
- Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death. It is a prime factor in heart disease, stroke and chronic lung disease. It can cause cancer of the lungs, larynx, oesophagus, mouth, and bladder, and contributes to cancer of the cervix, pancreas, and kidneys.
- More than 4,000 toxic or carcinogenic chemicals have been found in tobacco smoke.
So what happens when you finally decide to give up smoking for good? While the effects from smoking tobacco are cumulative, it is possible to reverse the effects of smoking. Quitting smoking now greatly reduces the chances that you will experience a smoking-related disease, and could increase your lifespan significantly. Your body will begin to heal almost immediately after your last cigarette, and will continue to repair the damage in the days, weeks, months, and years after you have quit. If you’re looking to quit, check out these all-natural ways life cheats to help you quit smoking. In the meantime, let’s take a look at what happens after you smoke your last cigarette.