Facts! In this article, we examine the dangers of smoking, including passive smoking and the diseases it can cause. 87% of lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking, while 30% of all cancers are caused by smoking.
The labels on cigarettes give you your first clue. Yep that’s right! Smoking is not safe. Those who have smoked for years did not know the dangers. Now that this information is available and known, and that some may want to give up, it is understandable that those who have been smoking for years may find it difficult to quit. What is difficult to understand is why young people still smoke today, even though we know the dangers and effects of smoking.
Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking
Smoking can lead to heart attacks and strokes. By slowing the flow of your blood, it puts pressure on your heart and blood vessels. This can lead to tissue death in the limbs and even amputation. The tar from cigarettes will coat your lungs and lead to cancer. If you’ve ever listened to yourself or someone who is a cough smoker, you will hear the rattle of unhealthy lungs. The use of low-tar cigarettes has been shown to be ineffective because smokers tend to drag the smoke deeper into their lungs.
Since you will have clogged blood vessels and coated lungs, it is easy to understand why you will not be taking as much oxygen as a non-smoker would. Your muscles need oxygen to function as your brain and body tissues do. Second-hand smoke can cause asthma in babies born to mothers who smoke and the chances of it increasing if parents and others continue to smoke at home. They also have a lower birth weight. For the smoker, the pressure on your body can lead to emphysema, a disease that will slowly rot your lungs and cause slow death. Emphysema can cause chronic bronchitis and the strain can lead to heart and lung failure.
Smoking can lead to stroke. Since it causes fat deposits in your blood vessels, these narrow vessels and a stroke can occur. It can also lead to a heart attack. One in five deaths from heart disease is caused by smoking, except in young people where it is three in four.
The Health Risks of Smoking
Cancers other than the lung may not be directly related to smoking. However, there are more smokers who develop almost all types of cancer than non-smokers. Smoking increases your risk for one of them. The only exception is the high rate of lung cancer in women who do not smoke. Researchers have not found conclusive evidence for the cause of this situation, but this is an exception, not the rule.
When the surgeon general’s report stated that smoking was the leading cause of cancer death in the United States in 1982, it was not just an opinion. This was supported by research and statistics of deaths in the United States. Why, then, when it is still true today, did people not give up this habit?
Smoking is the most preventable cause of illness and premature death that we face.
At least 30% of all cancers are the result of smoking and about 87% of deaths from lung cancer. If it became mandatory to put in the obituaries if someone had smoked and died from a smoke-related illness, perhaps smokers would no longer be able to deny the dangers of smoking. Perhaps the daily reminders would let smokers know that cigarettes are dangerous and can limit your quality, as well as the amount of life.
The most popular reason for young people to start the habit is to look “cool”. However, tobacco will yellow your teeth, make your skin fallow, and prematurely wrinkle your face. Ultimately, you will look anything but cool smoking.
If you think cigarettes can’t be as harmful as everyone says because they are “natural” and made from tobacco that is grown on a farm, foil it. Chemicals are added in the growth process and later for flavor enhancement and other things. There are over sixty chemicals found in tobacco smoke and tobacco that are carcinogenic (causing cancer).
If you haven’t started smoking, then don’t. If you are a smoker no matter how long you can quit smoking. There are many programs and new drugs that show a lot of progress. It is not too late to improve your chances and your quality of life.