Studies have proven that smoking is dangerous to one's health. Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 harmful substances. These include:
- carbon monoxide
Effects Of Cigarette Smoking
- Irritates throat
- Irritates the lungs
- Increases blood pressure and heart rate
- Increases the risk of stomach ulcers
- It has been proven that smoking can cause cancer of the larynx, lung, kidney, pancreas, bladder, oral cavity and esophagus
- Other studies have linked smoking to colon cancer and some types of leukemia, and women who smoke may be at greater risk of death from breast cancer
- Results of smoking contribute greatly to lost work time due to asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, etc., and increase the cost of healthcare
- Smoking contributes to colds, infections and many other illnesses by breaking down the immune system
- Nicotine is physically addicting and stopping use of it produces withdrawal symptoms
Is smokeless tobacco harmful? It still contains nicotine and is just as addictive as smoking. It can cause cancer, especially of the oral cavity. The risk of cancer of the cheek and gum increases as much as 50x with long term use.
Smoking Endangers Others As Well
Non-smokers are affected in many ways by those who smoke around them.
- Breathing others' smoke increases carbon monoxide levels in the blood and deposits tar in the lungs. Studies show higher rates of lung cancer for those that live with heavy smokers.
- Pregnant women who smoke have higher rates of miscarriage, still-birth and premature birth. Their babies suffer from higher rates of low birth weight and infection. Some studies have shown that children of women who smoke are more likely to have a dis-ability or behavior problems.
- Careless smoking is a fire hazard.
- Sensitivities and allergies to smoke can prevent people from functioning well at home or in public. Those with asthma and heart trouble are especially at risk.
- If you're a smoker, think about quitting today!
Stop Smoking & See What Happens
- You'll breathe easier
- Your lungs will function better
- Your risk for both heart attack and cancer will decrease
- Your heart won't have to work as hard
- You'll save money
- You'll have a better sense of taste and smell
- You'll have more energy
If you don't' smoke, don't start. If you do smoke, quit. It's one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Statistics & Information Concerning Smoking
Over 440,000 people die each year from smoking-related diseases.
- Smoking is the number one medical cost in our society and the United States Surgeon General has identified smoking as the nation's most preventable cause of disease and death.
- Smoking is a primary risk factor in the top four causes of death (Heart Disease, Cancer, Stroke, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
- Smoking kills more people each year than AIDS, alcohol and drug abuse,car accidents, murders, suicides, and fires combined.
- Cigarette smoke contains at least 60 individual cancer-causing chemicals and smoking is directly responsible for almost 90 percent of all lung cancers.
- Smoking causes most of the cases of emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
- Smoking is a risk factor for osteoporosis (a bone mineral loss), hip fractures, and spinal arthritis. A smoker's broken bones take almost twice as long to heal as a non-smoker's.
- Smoking causes premature facial wrinkling and graying of the skin.
- Smoking during pregnancy accounts for 20-30 percent of low birth-weight infants and up to 14% of preterm births. Approximately 10 percent of all infant deaths are attributable to smoking.
Sources:American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Office on Smoking & Health, National Cancer Institute
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