Giving up smoking is beneficial for many reasons. We will focus today on the risk of heart disease from smoking. The CDC states:

Tobacco use increases the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Cigarette smoking promotes atherosclerosis and increases the levels of blood clotting factors, such as fibrinogen. Also, nicotine raises blood pressure, and carbon monoxide reduces the amount of oxygen that blood can carry. Exposure to other people’s smoke can increase the risk of heart disease even for nonsmokers.

So knowing that we are increasing our risk of having a heart attack if we smoke, it becomes pretty obvious that we should quit. As an ex-smoker, I can only tell you of advantages since I gave up! I feel better and I have a much better sense of taste which makes eating much more enjoyable.

There are other ways to reduce the risk of heart disease as well. Simply by reducing our saturated fat and cholesterol consumption, we can have a positive change, in other words – lower, our own cholesterol scores. Try following more of an Asian diet. One that is high in healthful carbohydrate, such as rice. This can displace fattier foods from your diet. Within three months, you should see a marked improvement in your cholesterol levels. There are videos on Youtube that show just how advanced Japanese rice cookers have become.

I am familiar with the argument that people “enjoy smoking” howeverI am no longer convinced by this. People enjoy what their environment conditions them to enjoy. True enjoyment, where you cannot stop smiling, is different. How often does smoking a cigarette give you a beaming smile? Think about it, smoking cigarettes is an addiction!

 

http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/behavior.htm