It’s the most wonderful time of the year—the start of the holiday season! But it’s not necessarily a happy time for those who suffer from tobacco-related illnesses. The number of people around the world who die each year from tobacco-related diseases is more than 600 million—one in every five deaths. In fact, even in countries where smoking is illegal, the death toll is still high because of the country’s highly addictive and harmful products. That’s nearly 15% of the world’s population. It’s time to end this tragedy and bring about a new season—the season of recovery! And it all starts with you, the loyal reader. We’re giving you the tools to kick the habit and live a healthier and happier life. So keep reading.

In the spirit of the season, we’re republishing an oldie but a goodie from nearly a decade ago. It’s a special issue of Men’s Health that focused on stopping the tobacco epidemic. Launching a scathing attack on tobacco in one of its articles, Men’s Health magazine said it’s high time to “smoke-inhale-exhale…bye bye, tobacco!”

Why You Should Never, Ever Touch Tobacco

You’re reading this, we assume, because you know from experience that tobacco is bad for you. Maybe you know someone who is sick and tired of the never-ending struggle to keep his/her health in check because of their addiction. That’s why we’re here: to help you avoid the pitfalls of tobacco and live a healthier and happier life. Let’s dive into the matter. 

Tobacco is highly addictive and very poisonous. It contains over 60 chemicals known to cause cancer. The World Health Organization has declared it to be among the most dangerous substances used in daily life. It not only kills you, it also leaves a trail of misery behind. It has been linked to a variety of health problems, ranging from heart disease, stroke, and other forms of cancer, to bad breath, gingivitis, and even impotence. If you’re consuming it, you’re best served by stopping now. It’s never too late to recover, but you’ll need to make some serious and conscious decisions if you want to achieve total abstinence. Here are some of the reasons why you should never, ever touch tobacco again.

It Is America’s Number One Killjoy

It’s a well-known fact that America is the king (or perhaps queen) of tobacco production. In the year 2012 alone, they produced over 23 billion cigarettes and chewing tobacco products—that’s 80% of the global market! Inhaling and exhaling death and destruction for more than a century, America has helped fuel the global addiction to tobacco. And now, as we speak, millions of Americans are spending their holiday season surrounded by all the trimmings: family, friends, parties—and, of course, plenty of tobacco products. It’s time to put a stop to this. It’s high time for America to stop producing and selling poison. It’s time to put an end to this holiday season of joy and delight.

It Is The Fastest Growing Health Problem

According to the World Health Organization, tobacco use is now considered to be the number one health issue. In 2014, there were an estimated 1.9 million deaths attributed to tobacco use. That’s more than diabetes, malaria, and AIDS combined. In 40 years, the number of smokers has more than doubled—from 24.9 million to 60.9 million. If current trends continue, WHO predicts that by 2030, there will be more people dying from tobacco use than from all forms of cancer combined.

It Is The Number One Source Of Income

In 2014, tobacco was the number one source of income for the pharmaceutical industry. Drug companies earn billions of dollars a year from the sale of tobacco products. In fact, they earn more from selling cigarettes than they do from selling any other single product (including aspirin). The irony is that while many of these products are designed to help people, the companies that produce them become richer because of our addiction to tobacco. It makes you wonder what’s more important—your health or your wallet? We think the answer is clear. Your health!

It Has One Of The Most Detestable Smells

If you’re an experienced taster, you’ll know exactly how disgusting and dreadful tobacco smells like. When you breathe in its odor, you can’t help but instantly think of cesspools, decaying flesh, and disaster zones. It has a horrible and pungent odor that can be easily distinguished from other smells. Its odor lingers for days, even weeks, after it’s been washed or burned. If there’s one thing that the tobacco industry has managed to accomplish, it’s capturing the essence of an odor and embodying it in a product. Yuck!

It Is One Of The Most Popular And Most Tricky To Adopt

If you’re considering giving up tobacco, you’ll soon discover that it’s not an easy habit to break. It takes a lot of willpower and determination to say no to cigarettes and other forms of tobacco. If you decide to give it a try, you’ll need to prepare your mind and your body for the process. You’ll need to train your mouth to reject the habit of taking in nicotine. It won’t be easy, but it has to be done. If you want to achieve lasting recovery, you’ll need to follow a reputable treatment program and commit to total abstinence. Otherwise, you’ll simply continue to suffer the recurring withdrawals that come with quitting cold turkey. And that would be tragic. We hope we’ve convinced you—never, ever touch tobacco. Now you know why.