Are you aware of the dangers of smoking every time you reach for a cigarette? The chances are that you have some basic knowledge about the dangers of smoking. But “some” is never enough. The majority of our society are not well educated about the dangers posed by smoking cigarettes. Even worse, the people who are well educated about these dangers still continue to smoke and pay little attention to the consequences caused by this deadly habit.
Some people start smoking because of peer pressure or stress. Few others, such as teenagers, start smoking because they feel this is an easy way to look “cool” or blend in with their classmates. However, not many people are aware of the fact that this habit is the most preventable cause of death in the US, with around 20 percent deaths in the US being attributed to it. In fact, smokers die at least a decade earlier than non-smokers on average.
There are many dangers associated with smoking and the most important ones amongst them are:
· Lung cancer: A shocking 90 percent of all cases of lung cancer in men are attributed to smoking. The percentage is 80 when it comes to women. Further, only 10 percent of people who are diagnosed with lung cancer eventually survive.
· Emphysema, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments: Since cigarette smoke contains many toxic substances which go directly to the lungs, these organs are unable to do their work well. Respiratory ailments occur thereafter.
· Heart disease and hypertension: Smoking causes the creation of extra cholesterol and this leads to the hardening of the arteries. In consequence, the heart has to pump harder.
· Strokes: many smokers suffer from strokes brought upon by blood clots forming in the arteries and veins and then getting dislodged.
Cigarette smoke has this terrible effect on human beings because it’s a potent cocktail of more than 200 toxic substances. These substances include arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde, tar, carbon monoxide, chromium and cadmium, just to name a few. Each of these substances has a negative effect on our health. A person who smokes regularly, therefore, causes harm not only to his or her own health but that of the other people who are in the vicinity. As a matter of fact, studies show that people exposed to second hand smoke over an extended period tend to have worse health than people who are not exposed to it.
Many of the chemicals contained in cigarette smoke stay in the body for at least a year after the person has stopped the habit. This shows how lethal this habit can be. Women have to be particularly careful about avoiding cigarette smoke, either direct or second hand, if they wish to have a child or are already expecting one.
About the author:
Lindsay is a anti-smoking advocate and she loves to help people quit their smoking habits. As an ex-smoker, Lindsay understands the dangers of smoking and she strives to educate smokers on the health aspects of smoking. Lindsay is also an e-cigarette user and she contributes to many blogs by writing e-cig reviews on some of the best e cigarettes in the world.