Yesterday, Saturday, May 5th, Ed Sheeran accomplished no small feat, when he officially went one year without having a cigarette. According to the singer-songwriter, he made it 365 days without smoking after being a consistent user for nearly ten years.
The “Shape Of You” singer shared a photograph of himself in black and white with the caption celebrating his time as a non-smoker. As you may know, tobacco use is one of the hardest habits to kick.
According to the American Lung Association, more than 480,000 people die in the United States every single year due to secondhand smoke, making it one of the most deadly – as well as preventable – causes of death.
Ironically, and tragically, children pick up smoking as a new habit every year, despite the obvious health concerns. Cigarettes typically contain around 7,000 chemicals, and 69 of those chemicals are known to be contributing factors to cancerous cells.
A source close to the singer told us, “everyone is really happy that Ed stopped smoking because it’s such a bad habit. It’s not good for his health and it stinks. It kind of fits with his rockstar lifestyle, but it really isn’t good.”
Tobacco smoking is directly attributable to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths as well as 80 percent of deaths caused by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
Coincidentally, in the past, smoking was considered a commonplace practice, was allowed in establishments all over the country, and even encouraged by doctors.
However, following the 1960’s, medical professionals began to realize the incredibly deleterious effects of tobacco use, and the public soon became aware of those effects after the publishing of many studies, despite the desire of the tobacco industry to keep such information quiet.
Moreover, it affects nearly every organ in the body because of the introduction of carbon monoxide, a chemical filtered through the lungs and then throughout the entire body. So if you’re still a smoker, take inspiration from the singer and put the pack down.