Why You Should Quit Smoking

This page was updated on Saturday 17th of February 2018

Do you ever ask yourself WHY you should quit cigarettes?

Smoke inhalation causes harm to nearly every organ in the body. It is estimated that 60 to 80% of deaths caused by fire is through smoke inhalation. The main chemicals emitted during such fires that cause death are Carbon Monoxide and Cyanide. Both of these chemicals stop the transportation of oxygen to the body via the lungs. Both of these chemicals are inhaled when smoking tobacco, leaving no doubt as to why you should quit smoking.

Why You Should QuitTobacco Is Loaded With Toxins!

Two of the main chemicals produced when smoking tobacco are the same as those found in other types of fires – carbon monoxide and cyanide, both deadly to our body.

Listed below are just a few of the toxic chemicals inhaled when you smoke cigarettes:

Arsenic:  One of the most dangerous and can affect our ability to repair DNA
Benzene:  Can cause leukemia
Beryllium:  A toxic metal
Cadmium:  Used to make batteries
Ethylene oxide:  Used in the manufacture detergents, polyurethane foam, antifreeze, solvents, and more
Formaldehyde:  Used for preserving bodies
Polonium-210:  Radioactive. “…someone smoking one and half packs a day receives the equivalent amount of radiation as someone having 300 chest X-rays a year.”
Toluene:  Used in nail polish, paint and adhesives
Vinyl chloride:  Used to produce polyvinyl chloride and is converted to PVC

There are an additional 250 hazardous chemicals in cigarettes, many of which have been proved to cause cancer.

When cigarettes burn they release a dangerous cocktail of chemicals.

Nearly 50% of all tobacco smokers will die from a smoking related illness, which is one of the major causes of death effecting 1 in 5 of our population.

Types of Cancers Caused by Smoking Cigarettes

Most of us are aware that smoking causes lung cancer and or emphysema, however many other debilitating and life threatening cancers and diseases also result from smoking. See the list below for further reasons why you should quit:

Blood vessel disease resulting in heart attacks
Macular degeneration
Gum disease
Gangrene resulting in the loss of body extremities
Mouth and tongue cancer
Nose cancer
Cancer of the sinuses
Lip cancer
Throat cancer
Cancer of the larynx

Risks to Pregnant Women and Babies

Why You Should QuitWomen who smoke during pregnancy have a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and blood clots forming in the legs. The risk of miscarriage is also increased substantially. Women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to low birth weight babies thus increasing the risk of the baby dying.

Unborn babies exposed to cigarette smoke have an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS, also known as ‘cot death’. Evidence shows that airway infections in babies are doubled by mothers who smoke after their baby is born.

The same amount of nicotine can be inhaled by the children of parents who smoke, as if they (the children) were actively smoking 60 to 150 cigarettes a year. A crucial reason as to why you should quit smoking.

Risks to non-smokers

The smoke exhaled or released by burning cigarettes makes non-smokers, also known as passive smokers, vulnerable to almost all the poisonous gases, chemicals and fine particles that smokers draw in. The particles in the unfiltered smoke can be finer and more concentrated, therefore staying longer in the passive smoker than in the smoker. Sadly, the people a smoker cares about the most are the ones at greater risk.

Even if cigarette smoke can’t be seen or smelled, it can remain in the air for up to two and a half hours.

Health Concerns

The main reason why you should quit smoking is for health concerns. When we take into account the short and long term life threatening effects that smoking tobacco has on our body we all should quit immediately. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the average adult shortens their life expectancy by approximately 15 years!

Useful Resources:

Health consequences of tobacco use

Quit Smoking Today

American Lung Association

2 Responses to “Why You Should Quit Smoking”

  1. Jose says:

    Hi David

    After browsing your web site, which I found most informative, the page that refers to Why you should quit smoking, gave me a big scare. I never knew what toxic substances I was inhaling through smoking cigarettes. As a result of your information I am at day 3 of quitting.

    Kind regards

    • David says:


      Yes, it’s very scary knowing just how many toxic substances there are in tobacco. Well done on getting to day 3…keep going, it’ll get easier!


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