According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), smokers in their thirties who successfully quit the habit will be able to avoid most of the health risks associated with smoking. Younger smokers who quit will benefit to a great degree, as well. However, the best news is that even those who quit after the age of fifty have been shown to reap the benefits and avoid the greatest danger of tobacco consumption: early death.
Most smokers will simply shrug and say, “We’re all going to die anyway.”
Even so, the difference between a smoker and a non-smoker’s quality of life may vary greatly, with the smoker moving more toward an undesirable way of existence. A smoker’s quality of life, particularly in terms of health, can be quite low long before his or her early death.
Each year, around ten million people get afflicted with at least one chronic disease as a result of smoking or having smoked. Many of them also suffer from various smoking–related conditions aside from the chronic ones that bring them to medical attention.
The physical health dangers of smoking are well known; but the most recent study concludes that aside from these long established risks, smoking also appears to contribute to depression.
In the face of all these, the argument that it is okay to smoke because “we are all going to die anyway,” seems naïve.
Smoking lowers the quality of life by endangering nearly all organs of the body, leading to diseases that disrupt work or academics, social life, and personal pursuits. It also involves the expenditure of money that would have been saved if not for the easily preventable diseases now controlling the individual’s life as a result of tobacco use.
It is not only the smoker that eventually suffers but people around him or her, as well. The ill effects of secondary smoke are also well known. Non-smokers exposed to tobacco smoke from those near them who smoke are exposed to the same health dangers.
In some cases, it might even be worse for them in the short term since they are inhaling unfiltered smoke that causes eye irritation, headaches, and respiratory troubles. The long-term effects, according to studies, vary but prolonged exposure to secondary smoke (in a household where one member smokes, for instance), can lead to equal risks for the smoker and the non-smoker.
Pregnant women who smoke also greatly endanger the life of their unborn child aside from putting their own health to risk. The dangers include premature birth, miscarriage, and death of the infant.