You may think that smoking only harms your lungs, but in truth smoking harms almost every organ in the body. And smoking not only harms you, but it also harms those around you. Let’s look at some facts about smoking.
Smoking is deadly
It can kill you and kills many people every year. The average smoker will die 10 year earlier then a non-smoker. Smoking is the cause of 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% of all lung cancer deaths in women. More people die every year from tobacco use then from HIV, illegal drugs, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides and murder combined! Currently that is about 5 million deaths a year! That is a staggering amount of deaths! And it is rising.
Smoking Cause Many Diseases
Smoking can cause cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and at least 11 different types of cancers. The following is a list of cancers smoking causes:
- Acute myeloid leukaemia
- Bladder cancer
- Cancer of the cervix
- Cancer of the oesophagus
- Kidney cancer
- Cancer of the larynx (voice box)
- Lung cancer
- Cancer of the oral cavity (mouth)
- Pancreatic cancer
- Cancer of the pharynx (throat)
- Stomach cancer
Smoking Harmful to Others
The smoke produced by smoking a cigarette, which is then breathed by others, is called second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke kills children and adults who are choosing not to smoke. It also causes all of the above disease in both children and adults who don’t smoke. It is extremely dangerous for the children. Along with the already mentioned diseases, second-hand smoke can cause preterm delivery, stillbirth, low birth weight and SIDS. It increases the risk of acute respiratory infections, ear infections and more sever and frequent asthma attacks.
Smoking is very dangerous, both to you and those around you. It can ruin you life and the lives of those around you and lead to many untimely deaths. Is smoking really worth all that pain?