There isn't anything good that can be said about smoking. It's bad for your
health and the health of those around you. Now, on a positive note, do you know
money you could save if you quit smoking today?
On average, your smoking costs are per month (30 days) and per year (365
Health effects of smoking
Smoking contributes or causes breathing problems, heart disease, and
Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals. At least 250 cause
serious harmful effects, and at least 69 of them cause cancer. Smoking is linked
cancer, mouth cancer, and cancers of the larynx, esophagus, cervix, pancreas, kidney,
and bladder. Smoking accounts for a third of all cancer deaths in this country
and 9 in
10 lung cancers.
Smoking destroys the ability of the lungs to clean themselves. This makes
you more likely to get pneumonia. Smoking causes long-term, (chronic) bronchitis
emphysema. Together they are called COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
2030, COPD will be the third leading cause of death worldwide.
Smoking increases the risk for heart disease, the leading cause of death in
the U.S.. Smoking causes cholesterol to be laid down in blood vessels, making them
narrower. It causes blood to clot more easily. This can lead to blood clots that
the flow of blood. Or they travel to organs such as the lungs (causing a pulmonary
embolism) or to the brain (causing a stroke). Cigarette smoke can damage the heart
much lower levels than the levels that lead to lung disease.
Smoking also affects those around you who are exposed to your smoke.
Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to have bronchitis, pneumonia,
Effects of smoking on work
Smokers miss more days of work than people who don't smoke because of
tobacco-related health problems. Because of the missed work and higher health insurance
costs, some companies refuse to hire smokers.
This information is not to replace your healthcare provider's