“More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.” (Center For Disease Control)
Cigarette smoking kills, plain and simple. We all know that smoking has an impact on our health, but the damage is done so insidiously that it is easy to ignore the long term consequences. But when facts like the one stated above by the CDC come out, we have no choice but to acknowledge how detrimental cigarettes can be. Sometime just knowing the facts can be enough to motivate yourself to quit. Here are some facts as reported by the government’s national health data:
- The adverse health effects from cigarette smoking account for an estimated 443,000 deaths, or nearly one of every five deaths, each year in the United States
- About 8.6 million people in the U.S. have at least one serious illness caused by smoking. That means that for every person who dies of a smoking-related disease, there are 20 more people who suffer from at least one serious illness associated with smoking
- Smoking causes an estimated 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% of all lung cancer deaths in women
- Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States
- Smoking increases the risk of: infertility, preterm delivery, stillbirth, low birth weight, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- Cigarette smoke contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer
- Smoking is known to cause these cancers: acute myeloid leukemia, bladder cancer, cancer of the cervix, cancer of the esophagus, kidney cancer, cancer of the larynx (voice box), lung cancer, cancer of the oral cavity (mouth), cancreatic cancer, cancer of the pharynx (throat), stomach cancer
- Smokers die significantly earlier than nonsmokers: 13.2 years for men and 14.5 years for women
- Nicotine is an addictive drug, which when inhaled in cigarette smoke reaches the brain faster than drugs that enter the body intravenously
When looking at the facts, it is hard to rationalize cigarette smoking. While many continue to smoke for their own pleasure, it is likely that there will be long term health consequences. Quitting smoking is not easy, but knowing how cigarette smoking affects your body can help you to take steps toward giving up cigarettes for good.
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