Let’s not talk about the advantages and disadvantages of smoking. It’s something that is common enough knowledge. Its not that smokers don’t know or are unaware of the facts that smoking is bad for them, it’s just that they are unable to care.
Here are six interesting fact about smokers vs. non-smokers that might make the prospect of ‘not smoking’ interesting.
This is an oft-repeated fact, but true enough and cannot be hammered home, often enough. Forget about stained teeth and hair, the effect of smoking are much more than just changes to the appearance. One of the most tragic ailments affecting smokers is cancer. Cancer of the throat and various other parts of the body; all types of cancer are very painful. People who do not smoke are less susceptible to the adverse affects of smoking, which include amongst various other affects, breathing, heart action, intestinal problems etc. Heart disease is yet another bane of regular non-smokers.
Air Pollution and Smoking
Smoking could be a small subset of air pollution. However, if you look at it like a ‘verb’ and something that one indulges in, then here is another interesting fact. Air pollution the scourge of the modern world affects a smoker more than a non-smoker. Yes, all the auto exhausts, industrial pollutants etc affects smoker more than the non-smoker. This is because when one smokes regularly, the cilia that clean the lungs die gradually, while a non-smoker has the benefit of the lung-cleaning cilia. In such a case a smoker is more prone to be affected by lung cancer than a non smoker.
Another Illness Fact
This one is not about a description of an illness but about recovery. The time take to recover from any specific illness, of any nature is usually more for a smoker, than for a non-smoker. This could be any illness and not just an affliction that is result of smoking. There have been many cases wherein, a non-smoker has lived to tell the tale, while a smoker hasn’t pulled through.
Spending Money on Cigarettes
If a smoker calculates or keeps track of the amount of money spent on buying cigarettes, they will realize after a few years that they have actually spent a small fortune. It’s not just the cigarettes, but consider the amount of money that a smoker will spend in buying matches, holders, and various other accessories that are a part of smoking. A non-smoker can make good use of this kind of money elsewhere.
A bit dramatic, but there it is! If you are a smoker then your life span is shorter than that of a non-smoker. This fact has been proven through various studies. The average non smoker has a tendency to live longer than an average smoker. Also, if this is the case then a smoker will lose quite a lot of money due to him, with respect to social security benefits and various other benefits.
Work and Smoking
You, if you are a smoker, would like to believe that you work as hard as the next man; and maybe you do. But on an average, a smoker misses more work days per year then a non-smoker. These ‘misses’ are accompanied by a loss of pay and you have a very dissatisfied smoker. Once again various studies conducted have come out with this fact.