Despite a strong social commitment to promote smokefree environments and stay smokefree, we still see lots of images on television and other visual media showing people lighting up a cigarette and puffing away on the smoke vaporesso . Tobacco smoke is made up of 4,000 chemicals, including nicotine, tar and gases such as carbon monoxide.
Nicotine is an extremely addictive chemical and affects your health by making the blood vessels in your body narrower and making it harder for the blood to flow through your body. This will raise your blood pressure and can lead to health problems that can affect how much you enjoy your life now and later on.
Staying smokefree is not an easy thing to do, but if you think of the benefits, it is worth it in the long run. The advantages of staying smokefree are:
* You can keep up with mates during sporting events and other activities
* Your breath will be fresher and teeth will be whiter
* Your hair and clothes will smell fresher
* You will save money by not buying cigarettes – and can spend it on nicer clothes!
* Your skin will stay young-looking instead of becoming dry or sagging
* You will be able to be healthier and enjoy life for a longer time – more time to travel overseas, earn more money and spend it on whatever you want instead of having to spend it feeding your addiction.
People who remain smokefree need strong motivation if they want to be successful in resisting the temptations to start smoking. Think about the harm you are causing yourself when you light up that cigarette. Think about the activities you may not take part in because you become addicted to nicotine, and how this addiction will affect your health and decrease the amount of money you have to spend on other things. This will help others around you who also want to break free and become smoke free.