Magazine Without Borders - Page 19

What happens if you start smoking at a premature age ? Nobody smokes their first fag thinking they’ll be a smoker, but if you’re experimenting it’s easy to become hooked. Most adult smokers start in their teens, and half of them will be killed by their habit – coughing, spluttering and having heart seizures (on average, they’ll have paid £40,000 each for the privilege). Right now, smoking means that you’re becoming unfit, you’re getting tiny wrinkles all round your mouth, and you’re losing lots of cash. If your boyfriend smokes too, sex probably doesn’t feel as good as it could: cigarettes affect his erections and your sensitivity. Cigarette smoking during childhood and adolescence produces significant health problems among young people, including an increase in the number and severity of respiratory illnesses, decreased physical fitness and potential effects on the rate of lung growth and maximum lung function. Most importantly, this is when an addiction to smoking takes hold which often persists into and sometimes throughout adulthood. If current tobacco use patterns persist, an estimated 6.4 million current child smokers will eventually die prematurely from a smokingrelated disease. Reasons smoking !        to quit You’ll be healthier and less out of breath because smoking decreases your lung capacity. You’ll save yourself a packet. The average smoker spends an astonishing £27.54 a week and £90,000 over their lifetime on cigarettes. Use this tool to work out how much money you are saving by quitting smoking. You’ll look better. Chemicals in cigarettes restrict blood flow to your skin. Smokers have more wrinkled and saggy faces by the time they’re in their mid-20s. Quitting helps save the planet. Deforestation due to tobacco production accounts for nearly 5% of overall deforestation in the developing world. Someone who starts smoking at 15 is three times more likely to die from cancer than someone who starts smoking in their mid-20s. Read more about the dangers of teen smoking. The younger you start smoking, the more damage there will be to your body as an adult. Read more about the dangers of teen smoking. Magazine Without Borders Issue n°2 19