This one is simple. Smoking increases your risk of heart disease (which accounts for 35 to 40% of all smoking-related deaths), emphysema, cancer, stroke, asthma, lung infections, and dementia. “If you don’t smoke, don’t start,” says Jo-Ann Heslin, registered dietician and author of the Pocket Books. “If you do smoke, try to quit.” A study, conducted by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, found that over time, smoking can even dull taste buds—not a good move when trying to eat healthy. “[Smoking] can make it much more difficult to enjoy the natural flavors of fruits and veggies without loads of salt and sugar,” says Jarosh.
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