Smoking Is Really Bad for Your Health

Smoking Is Really Bad for Your Health
Experts have been saying for years that smoking is bad for your health, but even they didn’t know exactly how harmful and deadly it really was.

How Deadly Is Smoking?

Cigarette smoking, by far, is the number one preventable cause of death in the U.S, responsible for over 480,000 deaths or nearly one out of five. Astoundingly, more than ten times as many Americans have died from smoking than have died in all U.S. wars put together. And now new Australian research shows that more than two thirds of smokers will die from this lethal habit.

According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, over 42 million people in the U.S. are still smoking despite being warned against it for decades, putting them at an elevated risk of a premature and unnecessary death.

Health Complications of Smoking
Among many other health concerns, smoking is linked to:
  • 25 times the risk of lung cancer,
  • at least 17 other forms of cancer,
  • two to four times the risk of stroke,
  • two to four times the risk of coronary disease,
  • making it harder for women to become pregnant,
  • increasing the risk of a baby’s health before and after birth,
  • and affecting the health of your teeth and gums, causing tooth loss.
The health risks of smoking increase dramatically with the number of cigarettes smoked per day and the number of years on the habit. Smoking, for example, just ten cigarettes a day doubles the risk of death and smoking a pack a day multiplies the risk fourfold.

Smoking Is Also Costly

Smoking is also quite expensive. A pack a day habit can cost a smoker thousands of dollars a year and the financial burden on employers of smokers can add up to as much as $6,000 a year in lost productivity and health care costs.

Unfortunately, smoking seems to be the preferred vice of those people who can least afford it. As much as 30% of people below the poverty line take up the habit, while only 16% at or above the level smoke.

Benefits of Quitting

The good news is once a smoker quits their health begins to improve immediately. Here are some results a quitter can expect:
  • in 20 minutes pulse rate and blood pressure start returning to normal,
  • within days, lungs improve and sense of smell and taste begin to return,
  • in a year, risk of heart disease is less than half that of a habitual smoker,
  • in five years, risk of having a stroke are about the same as that of a non-smoker,
  • in ten years, risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas have all decreased.
Smoking is very bad for your health. It really can mean the difference between life and death. So, if you don’t smoke, don’t ever start. If you do, stop smoking now.

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