How much does your tobacco habit actually cost?
It’s not just your lungs and heart. Tobacco hurts almost every part of your body. Here’s a quick look at just some of the diseases known to be caused or made worse by using tobacco.
Compared to nonsmokers, smoking doubles or even quadruples your chance for stroke and coronary heart disease (the leading cause of death in the U.S.). The chance of developing lung cancer is 23 times greater for men and 13 times greater for women. On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers. That’s a huge price to pay.
The good news is that people who quit tobacco enjoy improved health benefits and dramatically increase their chances of leading longer and healthier lives.
Some smokers may be at higher risk for developing lung cancer than others. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends cancer screenings for high-risk patients. To find out if you should be screened, click here.
Today, most people know that smoking is bad for them. While some smokers are fortunate enough to live long lives, most people who smoke die earlier than they should. Tobacco use is the single leading cause of disability, disease and preventable death in Utah and the United States.
Smoking is estimated to increase the risk of these diseases and lead to premature death.
Cigarette smoke contains 7,000 chemicals; here are a few that cause cancer:
If you’re a pregnant smoker, many of the 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke are making their way to your baby. You’re not only harming yourself, but your unborn child, too. Smoking while pregnant puts your baby at risk for premature delivery, low birth weight, childhood asthma and sudden infant death syndrome.
Smokeless tobacco products, such as spitting tobacco, dip, chew, snuff and snus, are also harmful to your health and are not a safer alternative to smoking.
Chewing has been shown to increase the risk of these diseases:
If you use smokeless tobacco, the odds are very good that you’re going to get leukoplakia. It’s a disease of the mouth characterized by white patches and sores on the cheeks, gums and/or tongue, and it can lead to oral cancer. More than half of all smokeless tobacco users get leukoplakia during the first three years of use. Studies have found that 60 to 78 percent of smokeless tobacco users have oral lesions or open sores in their mouths.
How much do you pay for a pack of cigarettes?
How many cigarettes do you get in a pack?
How many cigarettes do you smoke each day?
How old were you when you started smoking?
How old are you now?
What you're already spent:
The average pack-a-day smoker in Utah spends more than $2,300 a year on cigarettes.
There’s no question that quitting tobacco is good for your health, but it’s also good for your wallet. On average, a pack-a-day smoker in Utah spends more than $2,300 a year on cigarettes. Imagine what you could do with all that extra money.
Quitting tobacco also helps your family. It protects your loved ones from breathing in secondhand smoke, and it helps ensure that you can be there for them longer. Plus, if you have kids, your quitting smoking will make your kids less likely to smoke, too. The No. 1 predictor of whether or not a child will start smoking is if a parent smokes.
Even if you’ve smoked for most of your life, quitting now will help you live longer. On average, here’s how many years people who quit smoking got back (and you could get even more):
Smokers who quit between the ages of 35 to 44 gained nine years of life.
Smokers who quit between the ages of 45 to 54 gained six years of life.
Smokers who quit between the ages of 55 to 64 gained four years of life.
Your heart rate drops.
The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
Your heart attack risk begins to drop. Your lung function begins to improve.
Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
Your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s
Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s.
Your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker’s. Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases.
Your risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of a nonsmoker’s and your risk of death returns to nearly the level of people who never have smoked.
There are lots of questions about e-cigarettes these days. Are they healthy? Can they help you stop smoking? As you look for ways to quit tobacco, e-cigarettes might seem like an option. However, it’s important to note that e-cigarettes have not been endorsed as a proven way to quit. Also, since e-cigarettes are still a relatively new product, the long-term effects of using them are unknown. Take caution with using this product.
E-cigarettes still contain nicotine.
While e-cigarette vapor doesn’t contain many of the cancer-causing chemicals found in cigarette smoke, it does contain nicotine and all of nicotine’s harmful effects. Nicotine by itself doesn’t cause cancer, but it is a highly addictive drug that has been shown to accelerate existing cancer growth and to damage your cardiovascular system.
Here at way to quit, we don’t endorse e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking or chewing. Instead, we provide FDA-approved resources that have helped other people like you kick the tobacco habit for good, not just replace your cigarettes or chew with another addictive nicotine product.
One in five Utah teens report trying e-cigarettes and one in 10 report regular use. While long-term health consequences are unknown, we know that nicotine in e-cigarettes is both addictive and can affect brain development in those under 25 years old. For more information about the impact of nicotine and e-cigarettes on youth and young adults please visit www.e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov.