Lung cancer, bronchitis, and heart diseases are all effects of smoking tobacco. Smoking tobacco can also cause changes in mood and rotting of the teeth. These effects are especially bad the younger the smoker, as it can very easily stunt or damage children’s development. Use of tobacco by teenagers is increasing each year. As stated by The American Lung Association, nearly 6,000 children under the age 18 start smoking, and about 2,000 will become regular smokers.
More or less it’s been good and bad. I ask why hasn’t marijuana been legalized across the country only because America has accepted much worse. There are substances sold daily that are far more damaging to the people of United States and its communities. Alcohol and tobacco is a substance that can cause long-term and short-term damage to the body. Alcohol alone can cause “high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, digestive problems” as well as depression, anxiety, and more (Alcohol and Public Health, 2014).
These percentages are extremely high and it almost seems as if people are happy with paying towards their own deaths. Many people don’t realize how serious the effects of smoking actually are, it not only affects the smoker, but the people around the smoker by secondhand smoke, also known as environmental tobacco smoke. Exposure to secondhand smoke does cause cancer as nonsmokers inhale the smoke. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP), the U.S. Surgeon General, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have classified secondhand smoke as a known “human carcinogen (cancer-causing agent)”.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Christopher Lanenga Kendra Tillis Mandy Duea Marna Nersesian Michael Eiden HCS 330 October 4, 2010 Sheela Hirao Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Although many have heard of the destruction smoking and nicotine can do, much only associate lung cancer with this deadly habit; however, a more common disease can develop. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the most frequent form of lung disease, which typically develops after long-term exposure to irritants that damage the lungs and the airways. COPD breaks down into two forms, which are chronic bronchitis, a long-term cough with mucous, and emphysema, defined as a destruction of the lungs over time. In the United States, approximately
Before I talk about the direct policy on smoking, I thought I would share some facts about tobacco. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women in the United States. Smoking-related deaths/health issues effect an estimated four hundred and thirty eight thousand American lives each year. Ninety percent of lung cancer deaths among men and eighty percent of lung cancer deaths among women are attributed to smoking. People who smoke are up to six times more likely to suffer a heart attack than nonsmokers, and the risk increases with the number of cigarettes smoked.
Smoking is the primary causal factor for at least 30% of all cancer deaths, for nearly 80% of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and for early cardiovascular disease and deaths (Adhikari B., PhD, J Kahende, PhD, A Malarcher, PhD, T Pechacek, PhD, V Tong 1). World wide smoking is the number one most preventable cause of death. Nearly 430,000 Americans annually die from smoking-related illnesses. I am a smoker, and understand the effects of chemical dependence. Chemical dependence comes in many forms.
One of the most problematic health issues in our country is smoking.. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in America, due to its harmful contents. Although thousands of people die from it each year, it is one of the single, most preventable deaths. If tobacco production were made illegal, an enormous amount of lives would be saved. Currently in our country one in five deaths are caused by a smoking related disease (Tobacco).
A well-known public health administrator C. Everett Koop once stated that ‘cigarette smoking is identified as the chief, preventable cause of death in our society’. This point of view has been proven by various studies to lead to health complications (including -due to blood clotting in the brain-, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and erectile dis-function). Smoking itself is the single preeminent cause of death in the United States, causing 1/5 deaths (CDC, 2014). This habit is known for not only causing health deficits but worsening already-present ones; asthma attacks can be prompted by tobacco smoking and smoking can augment the gravity of said attacks. Smoking has also be found to effect fertility and the risk of stillbirth.
Smoking is the largest cause of preventable death in the world and 90% of lung cancer patients developed lung cancer because of smoking. There are around 400 chemicals inside a cigarette and a large amount of it is toxic to your body. A few examples of chemicals are benzene (found in crude oil), Acetone (An ingredient in nail polish), turpentine (paint thinner) and nicotine, a highly addictive drug. Smoking contributes to your risk of coronary heart disease. This disease increases your likelihood or having a heart attack.
Long-term cigarette smoking is the most common risk factor for COPD. Also pipe smokers, cigar smokers (especially when inhaled) and people exposed to large amounts of secondhand smoke are at risk. Long-term exposure to chemical fumes, vapors and dusts often found in the work field can also irritate and damage your lungs. With the exception of a rare genetic disorder known as alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, COPD is 100% preventable by not smoking and taking proper precautions in regards to inhalation of lung irritants. All of the preventable risks factors listed are irritants that damage the lungs over a period of years.