At this point, we're all aware that smoking is bad for us, but that's not quite enough to kick the habit for most people. That makes sense, because nicotine is highly addictive and smoking is a go-to for a lot of people who need to relieve stress. These are stressful times!
But it's even more stressful to be aware of the potential long-term consequences. Smoking causes all sorts of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Smokers live, on average, ten years less than non-smokers, but if you manage to quit before the age of 40, your chances of recovery go up 90 percent. That's probably nothing that smokers don't already know, but knowing isn't the same things as seeing.