5 Reasons To Get On Board With Stoptober!
Stoptober is well under way and we hope you’ve been taking part so far. Over 250,000 people are estimated to get involved with this worthwhile campaign. For many it can be the start of a life changing process, the gateway towards stopping for good. The NHS state that by completing the whole month you are five times more likely to quit for good.
We are all guilty of taking our bodies for granted sometimes, putting it under a lot duress. Long-term smoking will always take its toll in the end but how does it affect our hair? Not only can it create grey hair but it speeds up baldness too. Below are five reasons why Stoptober is the time to seriously think about kicking the habit.
1. Damage to your lungs
Before we even start to discuss hair, let’s talk about something a little more important; staying alive. If you are a long-term smoker and saw a picture of your lungs, you’d probably stop immediately. That’s before we even mention asthma, heart attacks, cancer and, ahem, lower sperm count. 79,000 deaths were attributed to smoking last year in the UK. That’s a number worth thinking about.
2. The threat of grey hair
Test after test has shown a link between smoking and those with grey hair. Smoking appears to damage the DNA of hair follicles, while restricting the flow of blood too. This can also happen with men and women under the age of 30. There are a lot of myths surrounding grey hair. Remember that this is not one of them.
3. Potential hair loss
Scientific opinion has changed about this in recent years. Where there were once no solid links, research has subsequently shown otherwise. Similar to how grey hair is produced, it is claimed that smoking damages the DNA of the hair follicles. Another theory suggests that smoking ages the body, and as we know, male pattern baldness is more common the older you get.
4. The financial cost
The price of smoking rises every single year. That you can spend anywhere between £8 and £10 for a packet of 20 cigarettes seems crazy. The average smoker gets through 13 a day. That adds up to £141 a month and £1,696 a year. A lot of money in other words. Think about what else that could spent on. There’s a holiday in that amount at least.
5. Changes to your appearance
There’s no escaping that smoking leaves your hair smelling like an ashtray. It can also make your hair lose its vibrancy and become more brittle. Stopping smoking will not only help your hair but lessen those unsightly yellow stains on your teeth. Your skin will also regain its glow and, of course, your taste buds will suddenly come to life once more.
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