Smoking : A Costly choice

Smoking is number one cause of preventable premature death in the United states. Percentage of US poplation that smokes comes to around 25% with Male more then Female. But The teenage females have a high rate of smoking.

Types of Smoking-
1. Smoke inhaled by the Smoker ( Mainstream or Direct smoke)
2. Passive smoke inhalation ( Sidestream Smoke)

Facts about Smoking-
Cigarette smoke contains about 4000 components and over 40 carcinogens . Carbon monoxide, Arsenic, Formaldehyde, Hydrogen cyanide,Benzene, Tar and Nicotine ( addictive component) are known poisons.diseases related to smoking

1. Lung cancer
2. Oral cavity, pharynx and laryngeal cancer
3. Esophagus and stomach cancer
4. Cervical cancer
5. Pancreatic cancer
6. Kidney, Ureter and Bladder cancer
7. Leukemia ( Benzene)

Cardiovascular Diseases :
1. Major risk for atherosclerosis
2. Coronary artery disease
3. Myocardial Infarction
4. May induce coronary Vasospasm ( Variant angina)
5. Peripheral vascular diseases
6. Aortic aneurysm
7. Buergers disease
8. Stroke

Respiratory Disease:
1. Chronic Bronchitis
2. Emphysema
3. Asthma
4. Increased pulmonary infection

Health of Women-
1. Early menopause
2. Higher rate of post-menopausal osteoporosis

Effect on Pregnancy and Children-
1. Higher rates of stillbirth and spontaneous abortions
2. IUGR ( Intrauterine Growth Retartdation)
3. SIDS ( Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
4. Higher rates of Otitis Media and Upper Respiratory infections URTIs.
5. Increased incidence of Asthma

There are almost no organ spared by the ill-effect of smoking. Still it is a Lifestyle choice of many, and it is a costly choice. Smoking always gives you a chance to quit.” Its Never to late to quit” as after Smoking cessation for 15 years, it reduces the overall risk of dying almost to that of a anon smoker.

Quiting Smoking : Right Choice, Precious Choice-
There is a clear demarcation between the health of smoker and nonsmoker in one organ system, ie Respiratory System. It’s never the same between smoker and non-smoker.

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