Fact-sheet: Quit Smoking
Still smoking? Why?
There are plenty of reasons to quit smoking – family, friends, health benefits, even the costs involved. Tobacco smoke interferes with the body’s ability to function, but recent statistics show that smoking is still socially acceptable, with one in five adults smoking (20%) in 2007-08 down from 23% in 2004-05′.
Good Reasons to Quit
Your lungs work less efficiently and cannot absorb the amount of oxygen that a body requires to function. Tobacco smoke contains a chemical (carbon monoxide) that prevents the blood stream picking up oxygen.
Tobacco smoke contains other chemicals that also affect the circulation of blood, restricting blood vessels so they are less able to carry oxygen when your body is burning up large amounts of energy.
If you smoke, your body will have less fuel and the little fuel it has is not transported to those areas that need it when you are playing sport. As a result of this smokers tend to have less energy and find it hard to keep high levels of fitness. At first you may not notice much difference, but the more you smoke and the longer you smoke the more you will notice it having an effect on you.
Where do you start?
1. Find your reasons to quit
2. Figure the cost of smoking
3. Know what smoking does to your body
4. Find more good reasons to quit
5. Pick your personal reasons to quit
Find your reasons to quit smoking today and give up smoking for good.