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Smoking has been linked with many serious illnesses. It also has been shown to increase signs of aging. When you smoke, your breathing becomes shallow and your lungs fill with smoke. This means you get less air. Cigarettes also fill your body with chemicals, such as nicotine and tar.
Increase your risk for lung cancer, bladder cancer, and cervical cancer.
Raise blood pressure, which increases your risk of heart attack or stroke.
Reduce blood flow, which can slow healing and cause wrinkles.
Hear the facts about smoking from those who have been doing it for a few years. Find a smoker or two. Ask a few questions. See if their answers sound something like these:
“Not really. It seemed cool then. Now I worry about cancer and problems like that.”
“Maybe I feel better for a few minutes. But it sure hasn’t solved any of my problems.”
“Yes, I try to quit all the time—but it’s hard.”
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