Most people know that smokes can be really bad for your health in the long term – causing cancer, disease and harm to every organ system in the body. But did you know that smokes could also cause damage and affect your physical performance right now?

Don't miss your mark because of smokes

1. Every time you smoke there is less oxygen going into your muscles, lungs and brain. If you’re a smoker competing against a non-smoker on the sports field or in school, the non-smoker has a big advantage

2. Smokes make your reactions slower and your visual judgment poorer. Don’t miss your mark because of smokes.

3. People who smoke suffersmoking_tar from breathing difficulties because their lungs are full of black sticky tar laced with chemicals and even small amounts of radioactive heavy metals like lead. Chemicals like this can make you sick more often, especially with coughs, colds and chest infections, and you’re more likely to have asthma.

4. Smoking causes your heart rate and blood pressure to go up and makes you more stressed out. Even though you might think having a smoke calms you down, it’s really just giving you the hit of nicotine that your brain wanted. Afterwards your anxiety levels just go back up because on top of whatever problems you’re trying to smoke away, you’re brain starts craving another smoke. Overall smokes just add to your stress.

So if you want to be the best at what you do and achieve your dreams – don’t smoke!

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