THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF SMOKING CIGARETTES
In the year 1964, it was an official confirmation from the U.S. Surgeon General that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer. And after decades that followed, we have learned that smoking is responsible for a heap of awful diseases, which is a contributing factor to the tobacco epidemic we face today.
However, it’s no longer a mystery – almost everyone knows that smoking has all sorts of negative effects on health. But nevertheless, the number of people in Quebec who still smoke is very alarming. You can check out the risks associated with the use of tobacco and take charge of your health by quitting smoking now!
The Smoking Cigarettes And Death
It is well known that tobacco use can have disastrous consequences on your health. But however, many people still decide to ignore the risk and go on smoking.
It is good to note that according to the most recent statistics, almost one out of every five persons in Quebec is a smoker.
Also, it is necessary to note that more than 4,000 chemical substances are present in cigarette smoke, which includes at least 50 that causes cancer.
Also, this substances include tar, carbon monoxide and arsenic. And in addition to all these toxic products, cigarettes also has nicotine that causes psychological and physical addiction to tobacco.
You should know that smoking is among the leading causes of death around the world. Almost every year, about 13,000 people in Quebec die because of the consequences of smoking.
There is an estimation that a smoker is three times as likely to die between the ages of 35 and 70 as a non-smoker. However, it is good to add that half the people who smoke at age 20 and don’t quit die of a tobacco-related disease.
The Health Consequences of Smoking
It is very clear that cigarettes have a major effect on the lungs. It has been noted that an estimated 85% of cases of lung cancer and also of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are caused by smoking cigarettes. And also about a third of all cancer cases are due to smoking, which includes:
•The cancer of the esophagus
•The cancer of the mouth
•The cancer of the uterus
•The bladder cancer
•The stomach cancer
•The pancreatic cancer
The use of tobacco is also a significant cause of heart diseases. It is a fact that smoking considerably increases the risk of stroke and heart attack. It can also affect your fertility and also to add more, for women, smoking during pregnancy can adversely affect fetal development, a good example is that it increase the likelihood of premature birth and low birth weight.
The Effect On Well Being
The effect of smoking is not limited to the health consequences mentioned above, smoking can also affect your everyday life. Smoking can affect your breathing, it causes coughing and the shortness of breath. Smoking also increases the risk of respiratory tract infection, which also includes bronchitis.
Please note that smoking can also affect you in many other ways, for instance;
•smoking can alter your senses of taste and smell
•smoking reduces your ability to perform physical exercise and your energy level
•smoking has an adverse effect on your physical appearance (prematurely aged skin, yellow teeth, an unpleasant odor, etc.)
•smoking can condemn you to a life of repeatedly trying to suppress feelings of withdrawal
•smoking also exposes you to a greater risk of depression and anxiety
•smoking can also affects your relationships with your colleagues, friends and family
•It also entails considerable financial costs, both for your health system, and at your personal level.
So if you happens to be a slave to cigarettes, please know that it is never too late to stop smoking. Any person can quit smoking for good with the help of others and a good action plan. However, once you achieve this objective, then you will notice its benefits in the first few weeks.
And over time, your risk as an ex-smoker for developing tobacco related diseases will falls to the level that is associated with lifetime of a non-smoker. So you have to make the right decision now for your life and for your health, just quit smoking now!!!