Smoking: a habit that slowly destroys your health

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Smoking: a habit that slowly destroys your health

Many misconceptions make the rounds where smoking cigarettes is concerned. Whether you’re a smoker or not, here are some important facts to keep in mind.

• Among other things, smoking can lead to a decrease in taste and smell, a lack of energy, persistent bad breath, dry skin, coughing and shortness of breath.

• Smokers are at a higher risk of developing serious health problems, such as infertility, asthma, heart disease and certain types of cancer (e.g., lung, throat).


Did you know? The smoke from a single cigarette contains over 7,000 chemical substances, of which 69 are known carcinogens.

• Research has proven that around half of all smokers will die because of their tobacco use. What’s more, the life expectancy of a smoker is at least 10 years less than that of a non-smoker.

Smoking five cigarettes or fewer per week can be enough for you to become addicted to nicotine. According to experts, this addiction is comparable to that of illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine.

Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but it’s a decision that’s good for both your health and your wallet. Do you want to give up cigarettes but need support? Talk to a healthcare professional like a doctor or pharmacist or visit for practical resources.

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