Smoking isn't cool. Take a close look at a long-term smoker, and you're probably looking at someone who has tried to quit repeatedly and failed. Once it becomes a habit, which can happen quickly, smoking can easily turn into a lifelong addiction. If this doesn't sound terrifying, it should. According to the American Cancer Society, one in every five people who die in the United States dies as a result of smoking. If you don't smoke now, don't start. If you do smoke, quit today.
If the idea of lingering illness and premature death doesn't turn you off of smoking, consider the fact that smoking causes yellowing of the teeth and gums, bad breath, skin discoloration and wrinkles around the mouth and nose. Tobacco smoke permeates hair, clothing, carpeting and upholstery, and kissing a smoker is like kissing the inside of a dirty ashtray [source: American Cancer Society].