Ever lick a dirty ashtray? (Disgusting…Yes? Read on for explanation later)
Amazing how much we put in our mouths that could change us! This does not only mean what we eat, but also what we inhale. Ladies, you are paying a fortune for makeup. If you could have all the money back from what you have spent over the years, you’d probably be rich…or much richer than now. These are all in the effort to look beautiful. No makeup can reverse what you may be doing to your skin and body by smoking. Men, what about the number of cartons of cigarettes you have purchased and inhaled? (Women too) You may not use make up, but no man wants to look older than he is.
Most everyone wants to look their best. There is great emphasis on staying young…beautiful….and no one wants to be sickly. What do the experts say?
Our skin tells on us as we get older:
“Our skin can reflect what’s going on inside our body,” says dermatologist Anne Chapas, M.D., of Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City. “As part of the immune system, the skin defends against environmental factors…”
“Smoking makes you look old. That’s all there is to it,” Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, a dermatologist at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery”
Recently, I saw a picture of twin men…both were smokers, but the one on the left quit fourteen years earlier. One can see the difference in wrinkles and sagging. Ladies, no cream can change this if you are a smoker. Not only are you in grave danger of lung cancer, but forget the beauty…for it’s going out the window! Smoking weakens your heart, lungs, and bones as well. It also raises the risk of osteoporosis and fractures. Fractures of the spine can cause an abnormal curvature and “hunchback” appearance as we often see in the elderly.
Progress is being slowly made in the United States. “Twenty percent of Americans are smokers, and tobacco use has dropped nearly 30 percent in the U.S. over the past decade, reports the Centers for Disease Control but the use by women has increased. ” Those of us who love to look at the vintage movies of the 40’s and 50’s notice that practically every star lights up sometime during the film. This, of course, was commercial promotion of those funding the movie makers…but never showed the end of the stars lives who never kicked the habit. Some of those may be names you know as Peter Jennings (TV broadcaster), Beverly Sells (Opera Star), Steve McQueen, Vincent Price and John Wayne (Movie stars)
“Lung cancer might not get as much attention as other forms of cancer, but it kills more men and women than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer combined. In 2006 (the most recent year for which statistics are available), lung cancer killed 89, 243 men and 69,356 women. “
Ladies, NOTHING is cool about a habit that takes away your beauty and your health. It may even take away your chances in meeting and perhaps marrying a wonderful man who does not smoke and would never consider dating a women who does. A teacher used to tell her fifth grade students that “kissing a smoker was like licking a dirty ash tray.” She of course got the reaction of “UGH!!!
Here are some pictures that may help you make a very wise and life changing decision.
We have not discussed here other things that go in the body, like methamphetamine and other drugs that effect the central nervous system. Meth, as it is known, is even more devastating. This illegal drug acts as a central nervous system stimulant. Not only is the drug highly addictive, people quickly build a tolerance to it, leading them to use more and more of the substance. Side effects of using meth include paranoia, hallucinations and repetitive behavior, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. People can also have delusions of parasites or insects crawling under the skin which leads them to scratch themselves. Long-term use of meth, high dosages, or both can cause psychosis and paranoia. In some cases, it can even lead to stroke and death. (This will be a topic of another blog, but simply wanted to add this to subject of how we can harm our bodies.) The picture below gives the before and after of a user. Tragic and certainly not beautiful.
What are the benefits to quitting smoking?
- Blood flow improves
- Skin starts to receive more oxygen and looks healthier.
- Teeth may get whiter
- Stains disappear on fingers and nails
- Most of all, you may not die
When you came into this world…a perfect little human being…God had a plan for your life. He still does. Don’t miss it.