More than 100 reasons to quit tobacco


1. Smokers have a greater risk of developing a severe case and dying from COVID-19.

Tobacco affects your looks almost immediately

2. Everything stinks! From your skin, to your whole house, your clothes, and your fingers and breath.

It threatens the health of your friends and family — not just you.

8. Over 1 million people die every year from exposure to second-hand smoke.

Smoking or using e-cigarettes around children compromises their health and safety

14. Smokers’ children suffer reduced lung function, which continues to affect them in the form of chronic respiratory disorders in adulthood.

Tobacco use has negative social consequences

20. You want to be a good example for your kids, friends, and loved ones.

It’s expensive — you could be spending your money on more important things

24. One study found that smokers burn through an average of $1.4 million in personal costs, includes spending on cigarettes, medical costs and lower wages brought on by smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.

Smoking reduces your fertility

All forms of tobacco are deadly

31. Every year, over 8 million people die from tobacco.

When you buy tobacco, you are financially supporting an industry that exploits farmers and children and pedals sickness and death.

36. Tobacco growers are exposed to ill health by nicotine that is absorbed through the skin, as well as exposure to heavy pesticides and exposure to tobacco dust.

Heated tobacco products are harmful to health

40. Heated tobacco products (HTPs) expose users to toxic emissions many of which can cause cancer.

E-cigarettes are harmful to health and not safe

43. Children and adolescents who use e-cigarettes at least double their chance of smoking cigarettes later in life.

Tobacco use, particularly smoking, takes your breath away

Tobacco breaks hearts

51. Just a few cigarettes a day, occasional smoking, or exposure to second-hand smoke increase the risk of heart disease.

Tobacco causes over 20 types of cancer

55. Smoking and smokeless tobacco use cause oral cancer, cancers of the lips, throat (pharynx and larynx) and oesophagus.

Smokers are more likely to lose their vision and hearing

60. Smoking causes many eye diseases which, if left untreated, can lead to permanent vision loss.

Tobacco harms almost every organ of the body

65. Lifelong tobacco smokers lose at least 10 years of life on average.

Tobacco and nicotine use harm your baby

83. Tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke during pregnancy increase the risk for fetal death.


Tobacco pollutes the environment

90. Governments and local authorities pay to clean up tobacco waste, not the tobacco companies themselves. Quit tobacco to protect the environment.



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