Smoking has been linked with many serious illnesses. It also has been shown to increase signs of aging. When you smoke, your breathing becomes shallow, and your lungs fill with smoke. This means you get less air. Cigarettes also fill your body with chemicals, such as nicotine and tar.
Make other people not want to be around you.
Make people feel like they are kissing an ashtray.
Make you and your surroundings stink.
Make some people not want to date you.
Hear the facts about smoking from those who have been doing it for a few years. Find a smoker or two. Ask a few questions. See if their answers sound something like these:
“Not really. It seemed cool then. Now I worry about cancer and problems like that.”
“Maybe I feel better for a few minutes. But it sure hasn’t solved any of my problems.”
“Yes, I try to quit all the time—but it’s hard.”
National Cancer Institute Smoking Quitline: 877-44U-QUIT (877-448-7848)