Reasons to quit (off the internet) • • • • • • Alzheimer's Disease: Smoking Speeds Up Mental Decline Lupus: Smoking Raises Risk of Autoimmune Disease SIDS: Maternal Smoking Doubles Risk COLIC: Smoking Makes Babies Irritable, Too An Increased Risk of Impotence Blindness: Smoking Raises Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Reasons to quit (off the internet) • Rheumatoid Arthritis: Genetically Vulnerable Smokers Increase Their Risk Even More • Snoring: Even Living With a Smoker Raises Risk • Acid Reflux: Heavy Smoking Linked to Heartburn • Breast Cancer: Active Smoking Plays Bigger Role Than Thought • Smoking is linked to certain colon cancers. • Smoking may increase the risk of depression in young people, • Some studies have linked smoking to thyroid disease. Reasons to quit (off the internet) • Within 20 minutes of stopping smoking your blood pressure, pulse rate and body temperature return to normal • Within 8 hours the carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal and your smokers breath begins to disappear • Within 3 days your chance of having a heart attack decreases and your nerve endings begin to redevelop. Your ability to smell and taste improves dramatically. Breathing also becomes easier. • Within 2 months your circulation improves. Lungs become cleaner which reduces chance of infection. Your smokers cough improves and fatigue is reduced giving you more energy. Reasons to quit (off the internet) • After one year your chances of having a heart attack is reduced by half. The chances of getting cancer is also reduced. • After 10 years your risk of having a heart attack or stroke is the same as someone who has never smoked • Quitting smoking before the age of 30 eradicates the effects of smoking on your health in later life • You become a role model to your children, grand children, friends and family • You save thousands every year to spend on holidays and other luxuries you couldn't afford before • Quitting smoking stops your hard earned cash from lining the government and tobacco companies pockets - whilst they knowingly let you die from terminal illness! • Quitting smoking gives you decades more time to spend with your family and friends to enjoy life Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 different chemicals. "At least 43 are known carcinogens (cause cancer in humans)," http://article.wn.com/view/2009/05/31/4000_chemicals_in_cigarettes/ Harmful Chemicals in Cigarette Smoke Benzene (petrol additive) A colourless cyclic hydrocarbon obtained from coal and petroleum, used as a solvent in fuel and in chemical manufacture - and contained in cigarette smoke. It is a known carcinogen and is associated with leukaemia. Formaldehyde (embalming fluid) A colourless liquid, highly poisonous, used to preserve dead bodies - also found in cigarette smoke. Known to cause cancer, respiratory, skin and gastrointestinal problems. Ammonia (toilet cleaner) Used as a flavouring, frees nicotine from tobacco turning it into a gas, found in dry cleaning fluids. Acetone (nail polish remover) Fragrant volatile liquid ketone, used as a solvent, for example, nail polish remover - found in cigarette smoke. Harmful Chemicals in Cigarette Smoke Tar Particulate matter drawn into lungs when you inhale on a lighted cigarette. Once inhaled, smoke condenses and about 70 per cent of the tar in the smoke is deposited in the smoker's lungs. Nicotine (insecticide/addictive drug) One of the most addictive substances known to man, a powerful and fast-acting medical and non-medical poison. This is the chemical which causes addiction. Carbon Monoxide (CO) (car exhaust fumes) An odourless, tasteless and poisonous gas, rapidly fatal in large amounts - it's the same gas that comes out of car exhausts and is the main gas in cigarette smoke, formed when the cigarette is lit. Others you may recognize are : Arsenic (rat poison), Hydrogen Cyanide (gas chamber poison) Quotes from Doctors and researchers •Yes, “nicotine is a poison.” •Tobacco is “a poison that is more dangerous than hemlock, deadlier than opium. . . . Assuredly, when [people] try it for the first time, [they] feel an uneasiness that tells us that we have taken poison.” Soon “all reasoning, all warning is in vain. He cannot shake off his enemy . . . tobacco alone becomes a fatal, insatiable necessary [addiction] . . . smoking is a permanent epilepsy.” •“Tobacco is, in fact, an absolute poison.” •“Tobacco is in fact an absolute poison.” The effect is “always to destroy life.” Quotes from Doctors and researchers •Nicotine, a substance in tobacco, is one of the most violent poisons known. •“[T]obacco . . . is a poison—a very active poison.” •“[T]obacco is a most active and deadly poison.” •Tobacco contains the most violent of the poisons. •They are “poison, alias cigarettes.” •Saying “'It is nothing but a cigarette,' is really, 'It's nothing but poison…indeed, “one of the most violent of poisons,” •Tobacco “first, last, and all the time is a . . . poison.” •“Tobacco contains a sharp-tasting liquid called nicotine, which is a quick-acting and deadly poison.” •“Tobacco . . . is a virulent poison.” http://www.inforesearchlab.com/smokingdeaths.chtml http://www.inforesearchlab.com/smokingdeaths.chtml http://www.inforesearchlab.com/smokingdeaths.chtml Why should you quit? • There are principles that are found throughout the Bible. • There are 5 principles that are found in the New Testament that goes against smoking. 1. Principle of NO Self-inflicted wounds. 2. Principle of the Golden Rule. 2. Principle of the Golden Rule. 3. Principle of the Lighthouse. 3. Principle of the Lighthouse. 4. Principle of the body on the alter. 5. Principle of “don’t give the reins away”.