Smokers have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, as well as forms of cancer. It is known that the smoke created from burning tobacco, contains a number of chemicals that can cause cancer, and diseases like emphysema are reason enough to stop smoking now.
Why quit smoking??
Whether you are an occasional smoker, or someone who is hooked on the bad habit, there are a number of reasons why you should quit smoking. It's not just the harmful effects on your own body, but the effects second hand smoke can have on people around you, including those in your family if you smoke at home.
The anti-smoking lobby is gaining momentum around the globe, with various countries introducing bans on smoking in some or all public places. There obviously is a good reason for this. Let's be honest here. If tobacco was a new discovery, and a company tried to introduce it into the market place, it simply would not be allowed. Smoking has serious effects on your health, and can kill you.
It doesn't matter whether you smoke cigarettes, cigars or pipes. The effects on health can be devastating. While it is hard to give up an addiction like this, it is important. There are a number of options here, including stop smoking patches, gums and even hypnosis.
Let's look at some of the facts surrounding smoke, nicotine and tobacco in general, to see why you should stop now.
The facts about smoking
- Smoke from cigarettes consists of smoke that has passed through the filter, and smoke that comes from the tip of the cigarette UNFILTERED, which can account for up to 85% of smoke in a room. Breathing in this smoke by non-smokers is called “passive smoking”, and can have serious effects on non-smokers health.
- There are 4000+ different chemicals in cigarette smoke, many of which are toxic to the human body. The main components are tar (a mixture of components associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer), carbon monoxide (which competes with oxygen to bind to the haemoglobin in the blood), and nicotine.
- The first link between smoking and cancer was discovered in the 1950s. Today, there are over 35,000 deaths a year in the UK from lung cancer.
- While many pro-smokers like to suggest that experimental data is flawed, and that there is no empirical proof linking smoking to lung cancer, this really is wishful thinking on their part. The Royal College of Physicians have published many articles showing the link.
Experimental evidence clearly indicates a link. Scientists have:
- Shown that tumors similar to those found in humans, develop in animals exposed to cigarette smoke.
- Proven that carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) are present in tar.
- Shown that when you paint carcinogens on the skin of mice, cancerous growths develop. Since carcinogens have direct contact with the lining of your lungs (which is far more delicate than the skin of mice), it's no surprise that cancerous growths can result from smoking.