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Gross Stuff About Smoking Cigarettes – 10 Gross Things to Help You Quit Smoking

I used to be a smoker, so I know first hand all the gross stuff about smoking cigarettes. Of course, you don’t always realize how gross this stuff really is when you’re a smoker, but trust me. It’s nasty. And it’s not all about the black lungs (Though that’s gross and it’s going to be the first thing on my list.).

I came up with these ten different things that are really gross about smoking. If this doesn’t make you want to quit smoking, then I don’t know what will.

10 Gross Things About Smoking Cigarettes

1. Black lungs. It has to be number one right. Everyone’s seen those pictures of what smoking does to your lungs. It’s nasty. Of course, it’s hard for you to think of your lungs actually looking like that, but they do. Or at least they’re getting there.

2. Gum disease. Gum disease is totally nasty. Your gums turn red and bleeding, or sometimes even black. And that’s something that people can see.

3. Teeth stains. Yet another thing that people can see. Smoking turns your teeth yellow. It also leaves dark brown tar spots on some people. Both of my parents are smokers and they’re too embarrassed to show their teeth when they smile. They just do one of those fake tight-lipped smiles.

4. The smell. You think you don’t smell, but you do. Other smokers may not notice it that much, but non-smokers certainly do. My husband still smokes and sometimes he tries to get all snuggly with me right after a cigarette. He reeks. It’s nasty.

5. Cancer. This is a horrible way to die. My grandmother died of lung cancer and it was really hard to watch her waste away. She was a tiny lady, but she was always so strong and feisty, so it was especially difficult to see her looking so small in her hospital bed.

6. Premature wrinkling. Ever noticed how heavy smokers tend to look older than they actually are? This is from smoking. It causes wrinkles.

7. Phlegm. If you’re a smoker, you probably cough a lot. And a lot of the time (particularly morning), you get a big nasty phlegm ball. This is not sexy. And even if you go to the bathroom to get it up and spit it out, people can still hear you doing it.

8. Poisons. Moving away from the physical things, have you ever taken a look at what some of the tobacco company puts into cigarettes? This may be the grossest thing of all because it includes a number of poisons and we actually pay for the privlege of putting them in our bodies.

9. You HAVE to have one. Maybe you’re not this bad yet, but sometimes there are people that are smokers and they just have to have one all the time. You can literally see them going crazy if they can’t have a smoke – like when they’re on a plane. This is a gross behavior that I wouldn’t want to show other people.

10. Manipulation with chemicals. Admit it. You have a favorite brand of cigarette. If you ever run out and have to bum one from someone else, you don’t feel quite as satisfied. This is because the tobacco companies manipulate you into only wanting their brand. You aren’t addicted only to the nicotine, you’re also addicted to the particular blend of chemicals in your brand. This is so gross.

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