10 Reasons Why Smoking Is Bad

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People may smoke to look cool. People may smoke because of peer pressure, because they want to hang out with friends who take cigarette breaks and you don't want to appear different. Or people may be unable to stop smoking because they are too addicted. Smoking has extremely negative effects, especially on a health and appearance. Smoking affects not only the smoker, but also those in his or her proximity.

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Woman smoking (Image: David De Lossy/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Smoking is Bad for Your Long-term Health

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says smoking is the leading cause of fatal lung disease and can also lead to various cancers, coronary heart disease, strokes and reduced blood circulation.

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Man in wheelchair with oxygen tank (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Smoking is Hazardous to Other People's Long-term Health

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, breathing other people's smoke, known as secondhand smoke, can shorten a person's lifespan. Secondhand smoke also causes cancers and respiratory diseases in both children and adults. In fact, secondhand smoke often contains more cancer-causing and toxic chemicals than those found in smoke a person inhales himself.

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Woman sitting between smokers (Image: Digital Vision/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Smoking Can Repel Non-smokers

A non-smoker may see your smoking as off-putting. How would you feel if you were around a person who smelled terrible all the time and blew nasty-smelling air around you? A smoker may lose out on dating opportunities or chances to make new friends among non-smokers who detest the habit.

Non smoker and smoker
Non smoker and smoker (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Smoking Makes You and Others Smell Bad

Smoking makes your breath smell like an ashtray. Smoke also tends to cling to clothing. Spending time in a bar or restaurant that allows smoking in a non-ventilated area will make a person smell like an ashtray at the end of the night, even if that person did not smoke.

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Cigarette and ashtray (Image: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Smoking Can Hinder Breathing

Smoking can make breathing difficult. Smokers often have coughing fits, even when not actually smoking. Furthermore, inhaling secondhand smoke can make breathing difficult. Furthermore, it can spark and worsen symptoms of asthma attacks in children, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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asthma inhaler (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Smoking Harms Fetuses

Smoking can have a negative effect on a woman's unborn child. If a pregnant woman smokes during her pregnancy or inhales someone else's smoke constantly, she can pass unwanted prenatal diseases to the fetus. Kicking a smoking habit in your first trimester of a pregnancy could lower a woman's risk for delivering a preterm or small-for-gestational-age baby, a 2009 study published in the Obstetrics & Gynecology medical journal found.

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Pregnant woman smoking (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Smoking Can Cause Oral Problems

Smoking can make a person lose teeth. People with gum disease who quit smoking during their dental treatments showed more symptoms of recovery, according to a 2005 study by the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

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Closeup of woman's teeth (Image: Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Smoking is Bad for Your Skin

Smoking increases a person's risk of developing wrinkles on her face. A 2008 Israeli study, published in the International Journal of Dermatology, found facial wrinkling was more likely to be seen among smokers than among nonsmokers.

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Elderly man smoking (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Smoking Discolors Walls

Smoke stains walls. If a smoker plans on selling your house and has smoked at home regularly, he may want to consider painting the walls.

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Man smoking inside (Image: Digital Vision/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Smoking is addictive

It is difficult to quit smoking. Nicotine is a addictive drug and quitting it can lead to unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal. Smokers who have recently kicked the habit are often irritable or angry, may shake a lot and get headaches.

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Man with headache (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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