How Much Are You Willing To Pay For Your Life?
Warnings are posted on the product and in spite of experiencing life in the “Information Age”…why then do so many people continue to smoke?
November 15th was National Smoke Out Day and I saw nothing different. I still watched people as they littered with their cigarette butts thrown out the car window as they drove by, still have to chase people away from the ER doors at the hospital where I work…as they continue to smoke right in front of ‘No Smoking' signs.
I will not offer my reason for why they continue to smoke for fear of insulting anyone. I do know the grip that the addiction has on people because many years ago, I too was a smoker. In fact I was probably the one person my family would have considered the least likely to EVER quit…so believe me…I know the power of the tobacco addiction – but I also know how easy it was to stop that addiction once I developed the power of SELF-BELIEF!
But…that's not what this article is about. I would like to talk about the cost. Do keep in mind that we are going through a messed up economy as well.
In a recent report (April, 2012) I dug up a very informative article put out by the American Cancer Society and I would like to share that information with you.
Check out this ad that appeared several years ago before I ever thought of smoking… It states and I quote: “20,679 Physicians say that Luckie’s are less irritating” [because] “It’s toasted!” [What-ever that means].
Back in my day, in the 60’s you would pay $.35 for a pack of smokes and that equated to $3.50 per carton. They did the same thing to your body then as they do to it today except they are now costing you quite a bit more! Today’s prices are at around $68.82 for a carton of Marlboro and that’s $6.88 per pack!! So you may think…. Because of the extremely high Health Cost today, you can add about $35 to the cost of each pack of cigarettes to the smoker. That’s right…$46.88 per pack because it is no longer IF but WHEN the smoker will need to start paying out an additional $35 for every pack of cigarettes that they have ever consumed in their lives for the diseases and illnesses caused by this addictive habit and the damage that they have done to their body.
Smoking Costs Everyone A Lot Of Money – Not Just The Smokers
Tobacco-Related Health Care Expenses take so much away from other needed areas like: Transportation Improvements, Education, Public Safety and Rural Development just to name a few. Just in the United States alone between 2000 and 2004 tobacco related health care expenses ran about $96 Billion dollars!! And between France, United Kingdom China and Canada the extra expenses were an additional $37.1 Billion dollars. It doesn’t make sense to me!
We as a society are all affected and bear the burden of death, disease and disability because of the use of tobacco products. You would think that we as humans would become a bit more responsible.
Then add to the death and disease the losses suffered in productivity – just in the U.S. alone was around $193 Billion dollars. How does that news hit you during these economic times?
Smoking Causes Damage Throughout the Body
Again, this information was obtained from a 2012 report published by the American Cancer Society. They claim that tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and compounds. Hundreds of these are toxic and at least 69 are known to be cancer causing. When you use tobacco (smoking or smokeless), you risk developing the following conditions or illnesses:
- Blindness (macular degeneration)
- Impaired sense of smell
- Cancer of the lips and mouth
- Impaired sense of taste
- Throat cancer
- Larynx cancer
- Pharynx cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Tracheal cancer
- Lung cancer
- Bronchus cancer
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Heart disease
- Gastric cancer
- Colon cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Early menopause
- Reduced fertility
Keep in mind that cigarette smoking is the #1 preventable cause of death in the United States and HALF of all those who continue to smoke will die from a smoking –related illness.
Don't Smoke and Encourage Others Not to Smoke.
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