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Health Risks of Smoking

please do not smoke health risks of smokingI’m frightened for the younger population as I’ve seen an increase in smokers lately. Nearly a third of the people at work smoke and most of them are in their early 20′s to 30′s. I thought we were getting smarter about smoking at this point in time? I guess not. So I wanted to go back and share the message of why smoking is harmful and NOT cool.

Most people begin smoking during their teen years when they don’t mind a little rebellion. But, there are health risks associated with smoking that everyone needs to be aware of before they start. You may be away already, but it seems that the Surgeon General’s warning hasn’t persuaded many to stop smoking. Here we go: One reason is that the main substance in cigarettes, nicotine, is highly addictive. It doesn’t take long to get hooked and it happens without you realizing it. How to remedy this?

Don’t start.

So now the why…. Cigarettes are filled with not only tobacco but other substances that give them their taste and smell, depending on the brand. One puff of that smoke into the air releases thousands of substances both poisonous and carcinogenic (cancer causing). That can’t be good for anyone’s body. Keep reading and you’ll find out what they do more specifically. (Please…..)

* Bad breath – This seems not so important when you are a young kid, but as you grow older it will mean a lot more. Cigarette smokers have sour-smelling breath from the tobacco. Smoking also can dull the taste buds and ruin your sense of taste.

* Gum disease – Smoking contributes to gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. The gum line can recede causing teeth to become unstable and wiggle. They can also become tender and bleed easily. Like sugary sweets, smoking contributes to the formation of plaque on teeth due to the build-up of bacteria in the mouth. Hard, calcified plaque is referred to as tartar.

* Heart disease – People think that the main killer of smokers is lung disease or lung cancer, but it is actually heart disease. Cigarette smoking weakens the vessels of the body, namely your heart. Perfusion (blood reaching all parts of the body) is inhibited, making it easier to suffer a heart attack due to the reduction in blood flow. More smokers die from heart-related disease than lung cancer.

* Cancer – There is more than just lung cancer in this category. Since lungs are directly affected by the poisonous compounds in cigarettes, it is a primary site of cancers. But, smokers may also develop cancer of their tongue, throat, mouth and lips. Removing these cancers can result in deforming surgeries.

* Respiratory illnesses – The most common here is COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and emphysema, a type of COPD. When the lungs are damaged, the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide is affected. You will see people with respiratory issues on oxygen tanks just to keep their oxygen at healthy levels in their body.

There are many reasons why smoking is not good for your body. It may begin with bad breath and discolored lips, teeth and fingers, but the health risks can become even more severe and life threatening.

It’s hard. I know. But just do it. Just be smoke free and you will add healthy years to your life… I promise!  <3


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Conscientious Consumers: Three Things to Consider ...

reef-sandalsWith the development of the internet, the world seemed to become a lot smaller of a place. News travels so much faster now, and needs and concerns around the world become the concerns of responsible citizens in any nation. A lot of information is out there about ethical business practices when it comes to clothing manufacturing, but it can be difficult to figure out what questions everyone should ask before purchasing apparel. Here’s a brief guide of the most essential questions to ask, and some examples of what to look for.

Is the Production of This Product Harmful to the Earth?

Many companies are so focused on high production and staying far into the black that they strip the earth of natural resources and pollute lakes and rivers. Pollution doesn’t just harm plant and habitats. It can also make animals and humans very sick, or contaminate essential resources, such as a water source for a village. Look for products that are made out of natural materials, such as Reef Sandals. This company has high environmental standards for their women’s sandals and sandals for men, as well as comfortable shoes for women. Do your research before purchasing shoes, even if they’re cute and on sale. Nowadays, there’s probably a brand out there that makes something similar to what you like but has ethical practices to serve the earth.

Is the Production of This Product Enslaving People?

Unfortunately, we live in a world where those with power often further enslave the oppressed. It may seem difficult to believe in the developing world, but many people in the developing world are forced to work taxing jobs for little pay and are manipulated into staying at these jobs. Some of these individuals are even children or women whose husbands are no longer able to work. Check the production line as much as you can when purchasing clothing. If you can, trace it even as far back as the manufacturing of the fabric. Purchase items that are made by free artisans.

Do I Really Need This?

Excessive consumerism can tax the earth. Our insatiable desire for more stuff can be detrimental to the earth’s resources. Living simply is a great way to save resources and inspire friends to do the same.

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