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Benefits of Quitting Smoking
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Smoking-related diseases account for approximately 440,000 American deaths every year. This number includes both the direct effects of smoking on the smoker, but also indirect effects of smoking, such as premature births and the effects of secondhand smoke. The costs are enormous. Estimates of the costs of smoking, both in terms of health care costs and costs related to lost productivity, are between 100-150 billion dollars each year. Smoking is the cause of the majority of cases of chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and accounts for almost 90% of all cases of lung cancer.
Cigarette smoke is composed of many substances that negatively affect many parts of the body. The tar in cigarettes refers to the condensed solid particles in smoke. It contains over 4,000 known chemicals. These include poisons and over 50 cancer causing substances, many of which have been strongly connected to a variety of diseases. Smoking cigarettes introduces many chemicals and poisons into the body, including: arsenic, nicotine, acetone (also contained in paint stripper and nail polish remover), carbon monoxide, cyanide, ammonia, mercury, lead,
These compounds have been directly linked to the development of many smoking related diseases including heart and circulatory disease, lung and other cancers, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The instant that cigarette smoke reaches the lips, it begins to attack the living cells of the body. The attack doesn't stop there, but does damage everywhere it reaches. Smoking cigarettes damages the: mouth, tongue, throat, lungs, stomach, esophagus, air passages,
The poisons in cigarette smoke don't stop there. They go on to damage the: breast, colon, cervix, bladder, pancreas, kidneys.
Smoking pipes introduces many chemicals and poisons into the body. Pipe smoking greatly increases the risks of developing oral cancer, and if the pipe smoke is inhaled, increases the risks of the same diseases caused or influenced by cigarette smoking. Mortality rates for pipe smokers is less than those of cigarette or cigar smokers.
Smoking cigars leads to an increased risk of cancers, however, the increased risks are not as great as those related to cigarette smoking. As with pipe smokers, smoking cigars without inhaling lessens the health risks related to cigar smoking. The effects of smoking related diseases can be physically and psychologically challenging for those afflicted. Today, there is a vast range of products and strategies designed to help those interested in quitting smoking. Smoking facts demonstrate that younger people are among the fastest growing cohort to take up the habit.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer excellent information about smoking, tobacco use and smoking cessation resources. Quitnet is an excellent online aid for all aspects of quitting smoking.
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