Smoking: It’s About That Time…To Quit!

African American man hands breaking cigaretteIn the 21st century, more than 400,000 Americans still die each year from illnesses related to cigarettes. Taking into account the enormous amount of publicity given to the extremely harmful effects of cigarette smoking, Americans of all races, classes and backgrounds still light up each day.

According to the American Heart Association, cigarette smoking is “the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States”, and approximately one out of every two smokers die of smoking-related illnesses.

Nasty Ingredients Abound

It’s no secret that cigarettes contain chemicals, additives and other ingredients that are dangerous, addictive, unhealthy, or clearly carcinogenic (cancer causing).

Of course, nicotine is the addictive ingredient in cigarettes that keeps you coming back for more, and when combined with the carbon monoxide also found in cigarettes, nicotine contributes to the decrease in blood circulation to the hands and feet that most smokers experience.