How Many Ways Does Smoking Harm You?

Tobacco use is the single largest cause of preventable cause of death in the United States.

On average people who smoke die about 10 years sooner than non-smokers. The New England Journal of Medicine.

Smoking triples the risk for cataracts and is also a risk factor for macular degeneration and its response to treatment. Dr. Nicholas Volpe, Tarry Professor and Chairman Department of Opthalmology Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2014 about 224,000 new cases of lung cancer and 159,260 cancer deaths caused by tobacco use. The overall survival rate for those with lung cancer, sadly, remains at around 15%. You have less than one chance in six of surviving.

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We know a lot more than we used to about the dangers of tobacco smoke. “When you smoke, you inhale thousands of hazardous chemicals,” explains Dr. Michele Bloch, a tobacco control expert at NIH. “They travel all around inside your body and cause damage to numerous parts.”

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Cigarettes contain about 600 ingredients. When they burn, they generate more than 7,000 chemicals, according to the American Lung Association. Many of those chemicals are poisonous and at least 69 of them can cause cancer.

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Writing in this blog for nearly six years, one of the things I have learned irrevocably is that smoking cripples the body in more ways than I ever imagined.

“‘While we were aware that smoking is a risk factor for respiratory disease, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, this study shows it also has a detrimental effect on cognitive aging and this is evident as early as 45 years,’ said Severine Sabia of University College London, who led the study and published it in the Archives of General Psychiatry Journal.

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Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Smoking causes many diseases and reduces the health of smokers in general.

Smoking causes death

• 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 and cost the country a staggering $130 billion in health care costs and lost productivity.

• 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.

• Smoking causes an estimated 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% of all lung cancer deaths in women.

• An estimated 90% of all deaths from chronic obstructive lung disease are caused by smoking.

Each link is a blog post enumerating damage to the body from smoking besides lung cancer.

What Can You Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s?

What Are Some Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure?

What is Cancer and How do You Come Down With It?

What About Stroke?

Male Smokers Lose Brain Function Faster As They Age

What Are Threats to Healthy Bones for Seniors?

What Can Seniors Do To Protect Their Mental Powers?

50 Reasons to stop smoking today

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Fresh bad news for smokers

Heavy smokers should get CT scans

What happens after you quit smoking – A timeline

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WebMD offers a fascinating slideshow on the physical damage of smoking.

 

Tony

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15 responses to “How Many Ways Does Smoking Harm You?

  1. I love the site my man. I would love to repost this on my site or have you write an article for me. pronutritionreader.com

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  2. Linda Atkins

    Thank for the Important Information on Cigarette and the time frame on each step it does when you quit

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  3. Respect to you dear.
    I have forwarded you’re article to all my smoking friends.
    I hope they w realize the health seriousness now.
    Many Thanks.

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  4. Shreee

    Be cautious avoid smoking live free life.

    Like

  5. Wonderful article! Great information on many levels.
    I am an ex-smoker. Will be 3 years free in March. I crave cigarettes daily and that is okay. I have learned to love me and my body…I will never smoke again. That is a fact. ren

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  6. Thanks for writing about negative effects about smoking. This is the reason we always try to stay in 100% non smoking hotels.:)
    If is their any way i can share this post with my site. Please let me know. Thanks. Babl

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    • Normally there is a REBLOG button on the bottom of the post. I am not finding one, but maybe that is because it is MY blog. Possibly, the fact that this is a PAGE and not a regular blog post means you can’t reblog it. What you can do is write a post about how bad smoking is for you and then give a link to my Page which they can click. Hope this helps!

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