From something as simple as stained teeth to serious conditions such as lung cancer, tobacco can and will take its toll on your body. Most of us are aware of the usual side effects or long-term effects, but let’s examine some lesser-known repercussions of a lifetime of tobacco use.
Impacts on women’s health.
According to Healthline, tobacco can lead to early menopause in women. That’s because tobacco’s antiestrogen negatively affects the female body. It can also lead to a serious condition known as ectopic pregnancy, for those trying to have children. It can also damage fertility and even worsen your period, not to mention heighten your risk of cervical cancer.
It affects anxiety and mental health.
Tobacco users might find that anxiety and irritability increase due to addiction, which can take a toll on all aspects of life. There’s also a financial burden involved, as prices and taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products continue to rise. The financial strain alone can affect your mental or emotional wellbeing.
It affects your sense of taste and smell.
On a less severe, yet highly annoying level, tobacco can even dull your taste buds, reducing the joy you get from your favorite foods. It can cause nose blindness, too—meaning your sense of smell may lack its keen accuracy. No more smelling mom’s home cooking. So you might want to come to your senses, before you lose some.
Get help quitting.
There are many resources available to help you quit. A Quitline is a phone number that directs you to a variety of free services and confidential, evidence based interventions. Open 24 hours per day, it’s shown to double a user’s chances of quitting, along with combined counseling or medications. Phone counseling can vary from single session, multi-session, to one-way text messages. There are various session topics can be anything from your history with tobacco to setting a quit date and plan by calling the Michigan Quitline at 1.800.975.8102.
If you’re a tobacco user and want to quit, check with your health insurance company to see if they offer any tobacco cessation programs. If you’re a Priority Health member, you can call Priority Health customer service at 888.975.8102 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how we help members quit.
You can also check out the Quitline Profile for Michigan at any time to learn more, or talk to your doctor for help making a plan to quit.