Being inspired by a friend that is celebrating seven months smoke-free after a very long time spent as a smoker, I wanted to focus this article on the reasons to not smoke.  I ran across an article in a local free Spanish classified directory I read frequently called Truck Club Magazine, or La Revista del Transportista, which I wanted to translate because it really does a good job helping shed light on some grim statistics that are related to smoking.  For my Spanish speaking and reading friends, click on this link for their article in español or use our Google Translate icon in the upper right-hand corner of the Team Run Smart page you are on.
 
In their article, they shed light on these 10 alarming facts about tobacco use and listed them as follows:
 

 

  1. Tobacco consumption is the largest preventable principal cause of death worldwide.
  2. Addiction to tobacco kills nearly six million people annually.
  3. More than 10% of people that die from tobacco are not smokers.
  4. More than 80% of tobacco deaths occur in low-to-middle income populations.
  5. Increasing taxes is especially effective to prevent young children from starting to smoke.
  6. 1 in 10 adults worldwide die from smoking.
  7. An increase of 10% in tobacco price can reduce consumption 4% en high-income countries and up to 5% in low-to-middle income countries.
  8. In 2014, “World No Tobacco Day” aimed to invite the world’s governments to raise taxes and reduce consumption and urged the population to join the cause.
  9. 90% of deaths from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) happen in countries of low-to-middle income, the main consumers of tobacco.
  10. It is anticipated that, due to tobacco smoke exposure, COPD deaths will rise more than 30% in the next 10 years.

 
Among the many health risks and hygiene worries associated with smoking, it seems as though if you are choosing to smoke that you are choosing to be a statistic waiting to happen.  Having grown up in a smoking household, experimented with cigarettes when I was younger and having a few years where I became a heavy smoker, I am glad I can look back and say I gave it all up “cold turkey”!  With the many options available these days for people who smoke to quit, it is easier than ever to take your health back into your own hands.  Choosing to stop smoking is choosing to live longer for you and your loved ones.  Your body can only begin to heal itself if you take the first step and make the choice to try one of the many alternatives out their to help get control of the habit, but it is important to remember that it is never too late.  Kudos to my friend on her journey of ending her tobacco usage with the use of electronic vaporizing, or “vaping”.  Although there are critics of this method, I would have to say that when faced with the decision between the “lesser of two evils”, this choice was one for the better!

 

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Jimmy Nevarez

Jimmy Nevarez is the Owner/President of Angus Transportation, Inc., based in Chino, California.  Jimmy pulls a 53' dry van hauling general dry freight for his own small fleet, operating on its own authority throughout all of Southern California and Southern Nevada.

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I agree Craig! Hard to believe people spend more than an average mortgage payment a year in some cases on something that will kill them! I see that figure and all it says to me is the ability to pay for a little pull trailer RV for weekend trips, paid for!

Sorry for the loss Jeff. That is such a young age, which leads me to believe smoking could have been a contributing factor. Unfortunately, my younger smoking days stemmed from having a father that smoked. Being a little rebellious as a teen, I would take them from his cartons occasionally, which led to a pack every two days habit for a little while once I was old enough to get them on my own. A short while of that was enough for me when I saw just what it was doing and I decided it was for the best to knock it out cold turkey while I was still young.

February 05, 2015 19:49:24 PM

My brother was a smoker. We lost him at 33 to a heart attack. Almost 30 years later, it still hurts. Anything that you can do to quit, do it. I don't understand how young people get started with all of the information out there.

February 04, 2015 5:24:29 AM

Here is another incentive - quitting smoking translates to an immediate pay raise. Since I don't smoke, I don't know how much they cost, but if a pack costs $5 and you smoke a pack a day, you are spending $1,825 a year on cigarettes. If you worked 10 hours a day and you worked every day of the year that would translate into a $0.50 an hour pay raise. I would take that raise any day of the week.

February 03, 2015 8:39:09 AM