Tobacco is hazardous to the health of smokers and non-smokers. Non-smokers can suffer from passive smoking if they mix with people who smoke. As an example, if you are at a party where a few people are smoking and you inhale that smoke, it can harm you too.
Many smokers do not realize that if they use tobacco, they are not just increasing the risk of contracting lung cancer; other body parts may also become cancerous as well. Your head and neck are included in the list, and this covers: the tongue, salivary glands, esophagus, larynx, pharynx, mouth and lips. Other sites include: colon, pancreas, breast, cervix, kidneys and bladder.
The more you smoke, the greater the risk of contracting lung cancer. However, the amount of time you have been smoking is an even greater factor in determining if you will get cancer, in comparison with the number of cigarettes you smoke per day. If you start smoking at a very young age, it’s even more dangerous, of course.
The sooner you give up smoking, the sooner your health can start to stabilize. It’s not too late, regardless of your age and how much you smoke right now. It has been demonstrated that cigarettes are more likely to cause cancer in comparison with cigars or pipes, but all tobacco products do increase the risk.
Tobacco smoke contains over 7000 chemicals, of which a minimum of 250 are dangerous. These chemicals include: ammonia, carbon monoxide and cyanide. Of these 250, 69 are currently identified as agents for causing cancer. This list includes: arsenic, cadmium, nickel, benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, polonium-210 (a radioactive chemical), chromium, ethylene oxide and beryllium.
Smoking is a major cause of cancer and death in the entire world. It also causes harm to almost every other organ in your body over a period of time. It can cause asthma, stroke, heart disease, aneurysms (bulging arteries in your chest), chronic emphysema and bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cataracts and fractures to your hips.
In the United States alone, there are 440,000 people who die each year because of smoking or passive smoking. About 40% of those people die of cancer, 35% of them die from stroke or heart disease, and the rest of 25% die from lung disease.
Smoking is the number one cause of preventable, premature fatalities in the U.S. In fact, smoking and lung cancer cause 87% of male fatalities and 70% of female fatalities (information based on 2014 statistics).
If you stop smoking, your carbon monoxide levels within the blood will fall. This will help your blood carry oxygen through your body better. Your blood pressure and heart rate will drop back to a normal level.
In just a few weeks, your circulation will improve, you will have less phlegm and you won’t wheeze as much. Your lung function will be better after a couple of months of no smoking. Also, your sense of taste and smell will improve, so you will enjoy your food more.
The main question really boils down to this: why should you keep smoking if it is so dangerous? It’s a matter of choice, of course. There is plenty of solid information out there, and lung cancer is so bad in the later stages that it’s best to quit now. Get your health back and live a longer, happier life.