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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!
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!
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
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
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
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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