Now, before anyone thinks that this is an anti-smoking post aimed at shaming parents, we’re hear to tell you that’s not the case at all. As a matter of fact, I used to smoke cigarettes myself. I smoked my first cigarette while I was in high school and was what you could call a social smoker throughout my college years. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I had a drag from a cigarette but I do know that it was sometime in my mid-twenties and before I became pregnant with my first child.
With that being said though, I knew that I wouldn’t continue smoking as a mom. That’s because my health is just as important as my children’s health. And I’m sure you would say the same, too. That’s why we’ve compiled 9 reasons why you should stop smoking, especially if you are a parent!
Here’s why you need to quit smoking – NOW!
Think about what smoking can do for your looks. Smoking DOES damage your appearance. Many experts say that smoking accelerates the ageing process. It also hampers the blood supply that keeps the skin tissue looking supple and healthy.
2. Health Problems
According to statistics, secondhand smoke causes numerous health problems in infants and children, including more frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Smoking during pregnancy results in more than 1,000 infant deaths annually.
3. The Big “C”
Plus, you want to be around to see your grandkids. Tobacco cigarettes are the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States, and can cause cancer, heart disease, and lung disease.