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This section is devoted to information to help you in your decision to quit smoking. Everyone knows that smoking isn't good for your health, but, if that being the case, why don't more people quit smoking! The effects of smoking on your health are DOSE related meaning that the longer you have smoked, the number you smoke a day, and the amount of tar in the cigarette equals the amount of harm that you are doing to your body.

Your body has the amazing ability to heal itself and it is indeed a miracle that the healing process begins the moment you take that last puff of cigarette smoke!

Hurting Yourself

Smoking is an addiction and a major health hazard. Tobacco smoke contains nicotine, a drug that is addictive and can make it very hard, but not impossible, to quit. Some people claim that nicotine the drug is more powerful than heroine!

More than 400,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are caused from smoking-related illnesses. Smoking greatly increases your risk for lung cancer and many other cancers. There is no denying that smoking is not good for your health. The health effects caused by smoking are staggering!

Hurting Others

Smoking harms not just the smoker, but also family members, coworkers, and others who breathe the smoker's cigarette smoke, called second hand smoke.

Among infants to 18 months of age, second hand smoke is associated with as many as 300,000 cases of bronchitis and pneumonia each year.

Second hand smoke from a parent's cigarette increases a child's chances for middle ear problems, causes coughing and wheezing, and worsens asthma conditions.

If both parents smoke, a teenager is more than twice as likely to smoke than a young person whose parents are both non-smokers. In households where only one parent smokes, young people are also more likely to start smoking.

Pregnant women who smoke are more likely to deliver babies whose weights are too low for the babies' good health. If all women quit smoking during pregnancy, about 4,000 new babies would not die each year.

Did you know these interesting smoking facts?

In the USA, Canada, UK, and in most developed countries, smoking is the principal preventable cause of death and disease.

In the USA, 530,000 people die each year from diseases caused by smoking. This is equivalent to 1,325 crashes of a Boeing 747 (more than 3 crashes per day)! It is more than the TOTALITY of deaths due to road accidents, illegal drugs, AIDS, alcoholic cirrhosis, homicides and suicides. In the UK, smoking is responsible for 121,000 deaths per year.

One smoker out of 2 dies of a disease attributed to his or her smoking. On average, smokers die 8 years before non-smokers. By stopping smoking, you add several years to your life expectancy and increase your chances of seeing your grandchildren grow up.

Tobacco-caused deaths are usually preceded by long and painful illnesses.

Smoking does not only kill old people. In the USA, 36% of deaths occurring in men aged 35 to 69 are due to smoking; and 31% for women of the same age. For the UK, the corresponding figures are 31% for men and 25% for women. (The mortality is lower for women because, in the past, women were less likely to smoke than men).

The risk of lung cancer is 18 times higher for smokers than for non-smokers. The risk of having a heart attack before the age of 65 is 3 times higher. These risks drop significantly if you quit smoking.

Only 13% of the people who are diagnosed with lung cancer today will be alive in five years.

Smoking is the cause of many other health problems: cerebral attacks (strokes), osteoporosis (reduction in the density of the bones, causing pain and fractures), chronic bronchitis, stomach ulcers, deterioration of the gums, etc.
Smokers cause 33% of all fires (because of cigarettes thrown in the trash, etc).



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