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Dangers of Smoking Cigarettes: What You Need to Know

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 2:37:00 PM by healtheo360

Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Smoking causes about 90% of all lung cancer deaths in the United States. Cigarette smoke harms almost every part of the body, causing many diseases. Cigarettes/tobacco contain many harmful chemicals. Did you know that cigarette smoking and exposure to tobacco smoke causes about 480,000 deaths year?


Health Effects of the Smoker

• Causes Lung Cancer
• Causes Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
• Stained Teeth
• At risk for developing type 2 diabetes
• The chemicals in cigarettes tightens the blood vessels and restricts blood flow
• Causes premature death due to smoking-related diseases

Secondhand Smoking

Secondhand smoke is a mixture of mainstream smoke and sidestream smoke. The mainstream smoke is smoke that is exhaled by the smoker. Sidestream smoke is smoke from the lighted end of the cigarette, pipe, cigar, or tobacco burning in a hookah. Sidestream smoke has higher concentrations of cancer-causing agents.

Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke on Adults
• Causes Lung Cancer
• Increases the risk of a stroke by 20%-30%
• Increases the risk of a heart attack

Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke on Children
• Child gets more ear infections
• More lung infections
• More likely to cough, wheeze


Benefits of Quitting Smoking

Immediate Benefits
• Heart rate and blood pressure start to return to normal
• Level of carbon monoxide in the blood begins to decline
• Improves circulation, and produces less phlegm

Long-term Benefits
• Reduces the risk of cancer, heart disease, COPD, and many other diseases
• Life expectancy will be longer than those who continue to smoke
• Those who quit smoking before age 40 reduce their chances of dying prematurely from smoking-related diseases by 90 percent

National Cancer Institute
American Cancer Society
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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