Smoking is associated with significant mortality. Smoking still remains one of the leading causes of preventable deaths. Smoking has the dubious distinction of affecting all the systems from head to foot. The tobacco smoke contains 4,000 chemicals in the form of particles and gases.
Approximately half the smokers die due to smoking related diseases. But it is not just the smokers who are at the receiving end. The passive smokers too, often pay a heavy price. If you have still not kicked the cigarette buts, then know the horrifying facts about smoking.
Smokers have an increased risk of the following diseases.
- Lungs Cancers
- Lungs diseases
- Heart Attack
- Heart Diseases
- Hypertension (blood pressure)
- Oral cancers
- Pregnancy complications.
Children of smokers have an increased risk of the following.
- Sudden infant death syndrome
- Reparatory infections
- Lung cancer
- Ear infections
A non smoker in the presence of a smoker, especially in enclosed spaces, is forced to breathe “side stream” smoke from the burning up of the smoker’s cigarette and “main stream” smoker that has been inhaled and then exhaled by the smoker, the passive smoking has following hazards.
- It causes lung infections in babies and young children.
- In a crowded restaurant smoking can produce 6 times the pollution of a busy highway.
- It causes 30 times as many lung cancer deaths as all the different kinds of pollution combined.
- It causes, reddening, itching and watering of the eyes.