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The dangers of smoking

Smoking damages the vital organs of the body, especially the skin. Smoking damages the elastic tissue fibers of your skin making it more susceptible to wrinkles. Smoking creates deep lines around the eye and lip area, and causes an unhealthy discoloration of the skin and teeth.

Smoking sends harmful carbon monoxide and nicotine into the body, and reduces the oxygen and nutrient content in the organs.

Nicotine is a dangerous drug that has negative effects on the heart, brain, liver, skin, blood, lungs, and adrenal glands.

Smoking reduces immune system functioning and leads to heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, liver problems, peripheral vascular disease, premature aging, and early death.

Making the decision to stop smoking is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body and life. Stopping the harmful habit of smoking will add years to your life, and give you time to spend with family friends and loved ones. Quitting smoking will also give you increased feelings of health and well being.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tobacco Use, Access, and Exposure to Tobacco in Media Among Middle and High School Students—United States, 2004. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report [serial online]. 2005;54(12):297–301 [cited 2007 Jan 15]. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5412a1.htm.

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Federal Trade Commission. Nationwide Labeling Rules for Cigar Packaging and Ads Take Effect Today. Washington, DC: Federal Trade Commission; 2001 [cited 2007 Jan 15]. Available from: http://www3.ftc.gov/opa/2001/02/cigarlabel.htm. Cancer Institute. Smoking and Tobacco Control Monographs: Monograph 9: Cigars: Health Effects and Trends. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute; 1998. NIH Pub. No. 98–4302 [cited 2007 Jan 15]. Available from http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/tcrb/monographs/9/index.html.

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