Why Would You Quit Smoking

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Amber Drob 9/5/12 Informative Essay Why would you quit smoking? Tobacco smoke is harmful to both smokers and nonsmokers, millions of Americans have health problems caused by smoking. There is more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, at least 250 are known to be harmful. Smoking is a leading cause of cancer and death from cancer. It causes cancers of the lung, esophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, pancreas, stomach, cervix, and myeloid leukemia. Smoking also causes heart disease, stroke, aortic aneurysm, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, hip fractures, and cataracts. Smokers are also at a high risk of developing pneumonia and other airway infections. Secondhand smoke is the smoke given off by a burning tobacco product, and the smoke exhaled by a smoker. Inhaling secondhand smoke causes lung cancer in nonsmoking adults. About 3,000 lung cancer deaths occur each year among adult nonsmokers. Secondhand smoke causes disease and premature death in nonsmoking adults and children. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk of SIDS, ear infections, cold, pneumonia, bronchitis, and severe asthma. Secondhand smoke slows the growth of children's lungs and can cause them to cough wheeze, and feel breathless. Nicotine is a drug that is naturally present in the tobacco plant and is responsible for a person's addiction to tobacco products. Nicotine enters the lungs and is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream, travels to the brain in a matter of seconds. In a cigarette, the nicotine content varies between 13.7 and 23.2 milligrams. In a cigar, the nicotine content varies between 5.9 and 335.2

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