If you do, you should let them know that:
- They will die ten years sooner than non-smokers (Remember that the Average Life Expectancy in Nigeria is 51.86).
- They have only 35% chance of living to age 80.
- Half of all smokers will die from smoking, and of these,about half will die before or around age 50.
- The risk of developing lung cancer is about 23 times higher in male smokers compared to non-smokers.
- Beyond lung cancer, the toxins in tobacco smoke will cause inflammation and hardening in their arteries leading to vascular diseases and further leading to heart attacks and stroke which kills more smokers than all cancers combined.
- Smoke paralyzes tiny hair-like structures in the lungs called cilia, which otherwise sweep dirt and bacteria out of your lungs and this will make them fall sick more often than the non smoker.
- They endanger the lives of non smokers in their environment through exposure to second hand smoke.
With all these outlined associated risks and hazards, shouldn’t you add your voice to the campaign for tobacco control in Nigeria and invite others to do the same? You can start by taking this first step:
- Follow Tobacco Control Campaign NG on twitter @TobaccoCtrl (https://twitter.com/TobaccoCtrl)
You will be saving the lives of your loved ones and many more.