I am breaking into my usual blog schedule to post this public service announcement for Delora Starbrook, who has just quit smoking. This is a message to you, Delora, cuz I quit smoking once, and I NEVER want to go back.
View the above specimen. She is a smoker. You can see the results of smoking:
1. Sagging baggy eyes from smoking. Smoking causes vascular (blood vessel) problems that can make your blood vessels appear more prominent and bluer beneath the skin and smoking also kills off Vitamin C, which contributes to health and elasticity in your skin. It also makes you look older than you are. This lady? She’s 33.
2. An article in Scientific American shows that smoking does not buy happiness. In fact, “smokers tend to be less happy than nonsmokers.” (That’s why this lady’s frowning.)
4. Smoking is also a leading cause of cancer—not just lung but all sorts of cancer. (That’s a cancerous mole there. Now we can surmise, based on her skin, that may have been caused by too much exposure to the sun, but I am going to say it’s from smoking!)
5. Smoking is bad for your heart. According to this article from Cleveland Clinic, “Quitting smoking reduces the risk of repeat heart attacks and death from heart disease by 50 percent or more.”
6. Smoking causes split ends. The Mail Online features an article explaining how the depredation of oxygen to your hair and skin is bad for them. (And if you smoke, you are more likely to have bad hair days and wear hair from the 80s. I have no scientific evidence for this—but clearly you see she suffers.)
7. Smoking is bad for your lungs. Look at this if you don’t believe me.
8. Smoking makes you twitchy. A study at the Mayo Clinic showed that “higher cigarette consumption levels are associated with mild-to-severe symptoms of terminal insomnia.” Nicotine is a stimulant and contributes to insomnia—duh.
9. According to a study in the Archives of Ophthalmology, smoking can contribute to earlier forms of age-related macular degeneration. In other words, smoking is more dangerous than masturbating in making you go blind!
10. This is a sort of non-pictorial thing, but quitting smoking saves you craploads of money. I believe I saved at least $1000 in cash alone the first year I quit smoking just from not buying cigarettes. Add to that the decreased doctors’ visits for bronchitis, the lower premium on my life insurance, the savings on lighters, ashtrays, and Febreze, and dang, it all adds up. If you’re feeling the urge, go to this site and plug in the numbers.
I can’t tell you enough how important it is for you to quit smoking, Delora. The way I did it was by changing my personal habits. First, I didn’t allow myself to smoke at lunch. Then I couldn’t in the car or the house. Then I had to smoke on the back stoop and had to clean up every single speck of evidence (which was a pain during the winter). Then I could not smoke in anyone else’s presence. These were all self-imposed rules, but the hassle of following my rules and the embarrassment I felt about being a smoker won. When I finally quit, it was such a non-event I hardly noticed because I had changed my habits.