The Impact of Smoking on the US
and How the Price of Cigarettes is Your Life
Tobacco is the plant product used in products such as cigarettes that contains nicotine, making it a dangerous addiction. People will often smoke, snort, or chew tobacco to supress their addiction needs.
The following picture shows chemicals which smokers put into their body daily. These chemicals are often poisonous to the body and clearly are used in other ways which no one would want in their lungs.
Did You Know?
Each day, more than 3,800 persons younger than 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette. Each day, about 1,000 persons younger than 18 years of age begin smoking on a daily basis.
These smokers are willingly putting carcinogens into their body. Carcinogens are chemicals or ingredients which can cause cancer in the body. In cigarettes there are as many as 60 known carcinogens, putting smokers at risk for various lung cancers and other cancer.
The Cold Hard Facts
- The risk of developing lung cancer is about 23 times higher among men who smoke cigarettes and about 13 times higher among women who smoke cigarettes compared with never smokers.
- About 90% of all deaths from chronic obstructive lung diseases are attributable to citgarette smoking.-
- Cigarette smoking approximately doubles a person's risk for stroke.
- Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Cigarette smokers are 2-4 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than nonsmokers.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease is the onset of chronic bronchitis or emphysema which blocks the lungs airways and makes it harder to breath.
Second Hand Smoking...
- The problem... Second hand smoke is the inhalation of smoke from another person smoking, not by own personal use. It is still as dangerous and can impair the victim as much as the smoker.
- The difference... There are two types of second hand smoking; mainstream and sidestream. Mainstream is smoke directly from the smoker exhaling while sidestream is smoke from the end of the cigarette.
- The children... Children can suffer from a variety in respiration problems including asthma, as well as ear infections, and in some cases, SIDS or sudden infant deaths.
- Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemical compounds. More than 250 of these chemicals are known to be harmful, and at least 69 are known to cause cancer.
- ARC reported in 2009 that parents who smoked before and during pregnancy were more likely to have a child with hepatoblastoma. This rare cancer is thought to start while the child is still in the uterus. Compared with non-smoking parents, the risk was about twice as high if only one parent smoked, but nearly 5 times higher when both parents smoked.
- An estimated 46,000 deaths from by Text-Enhance">heart disease in people who are current non-smokers
Addiction- The Hook
- Nicotine is the chemical which causes that addiction to cigarettes which makes it so hard to stop.
- Nicotine can reduce anxiety but also decreases appetite and increases the heart rate of users. It can also increase cognitive ability in dependents, but this comes at the cost of paralysis, respiratory problems, vomiting, nausea, and even death in high enough doses.
- You may be experiencing withdrawal if you experience: the crave for nicotine, intense tension or anxiety, sleeping changes, headaches, hunger or weight gain, or depression.
- 70% of smokers want to quit, yet only 7% are successful the first time around, meaning that nine tenths will fail to quit in their original try.