We smoke for different reasons: for pleasure, to experiment, to fit in with higher age groups, image, social pressure and so on. However: everyone can quit smoking. You too!

Continuing to smoke in later life no longer has anything to do with the original motives for starting to smoke. Smoking has become a habit. You are used to smoking in certain circumstances or situations, you don't think about it anymore. This is called psychological dependence on cigarettes. Smoking becomes a kind of reflex, like driving a car, eating or watching TV.

Besides the psychological dependence, there is also a physical dependence, which is caused by the decreasing nicotine level in your body. However, this dependence is relatively short-lived and disappears after about 2 weeks.

Quit smoking: why should I?

Everyone knows by now that smoking is unhealthy. It even says so on the packaging.

Examples of diseases associated with smoking are:

  • Lung cancer
  • Oral cavity, tongue and lip cancer
  • Irritation of vocal chords, hoarseness
  • Inflamed gums
  • Cancer of the larynx
  • Oesophageal cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Chronic bronchitis and pulmonary emphysema
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Stroke with paralysis
  • Intracranial haemorrhage
  • Aneurysm (dilatation) of the aorta
  • Amputations of limbs
  • Reduced blood flow to the skin

Smoking also causes:

  • ageing of your skin and increase in wrinkles
  • blindness
  • bad breath
  • yellowing of the teeth and tooth decay
  • impotence
  • decrease of fertility
  • decrease in skin temperature, making you look pale and grey and giving you cold hands
  • dependence, you cannot go anywhere without taking your cigarettes with you
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Last modified on 27 November 2023

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