Every 8 seconds, a smoking-related death occurs at someplace in the world, 365 days a year. The sooner we remove the blinders and the understated nicotine addiction and the damage a cigarette causes, the better it is for us. Here are some reasons to quit smoking … if at all you are ready to understand.
Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US and the leading cause of death caused by smoking. The toxins in cigarette smoke cause plaques to form in the arteries, which leads to atherosclerosis, other known as hardening of the arteries. Smoking is hard on the heart.
According to the US Dept of Health and Human Services, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, affecting about 700,000 people each year. For smokers, the risk of stroke is nearly 2 1/2 times to that of nonsmokers.
An estimated 174,470 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed, and 162,460 deaths will occur during 2006 from lung cancer in the United States alone. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women. And with 87% of all lung cancer cases involving tobacco, it is one form of cancer that is preventable, by and large.
Emphysema or COPD
Tobacco use is the number one cause of COPD and quitting smoking is considered the best way to halt further damage. It's estimated that as many as 10 million Americans suffer from COPD, with possibly as many as 14 million others who have it but have not been diagnosed. In the United States, it was the 4th leading cause of death in 2000 and projections put it as the 3rd leading cause by the year 2020.
Oral Cancer or mouth cancer is included in a specific group of cancers called oral and head and neck cancer (OHNC). It's estimated that between 70 – 80 percent of all cases of OHNC are due to tobacco use and heavy alcohol consumption.
Quit today !!
It is time for you to delve into the facts and figures about how vicious cigarette smoking is. You will come to know exactly what you risk when you light up your cigarette, everyday, year after year. It will help you shift your stance away from smoking as your best buddy and allow you to see what actually it is … a death trap.