Have You Met Cancer's Best Friend, Tobacco?

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There is an overwhelming epidemic in the United States that some take for granted, with every puff of a cigarette or chew a person puts in their body they are condemning themselves slowly, but surely. The relation between tobacco use and cancer related diseases has been not only been proven by science, but there are even countless warning labels on the actual products with the hope of changing the individual’s mind when and before consuming the product. People pick up these dirty habits in the early stages of their lives, blaming stress or peer pressure as its influence. Regardless if an individual chooses to smoke or use smokeless tobacco products, the effects of both products are both detrimental to one’s health and longevity.
“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, resulting in an estimated 438,000 premature deaths annually or nearly one of every five deaths each year” (Stewart 2). Even with all its warning signs and eye-opening statistics, people still choose to use these horrible products. When in school kids are required to take health classes and they provide them with these studies and random facts with the hope that it prevents them from joining this horrible tobacco user community. Some of the facts presented are as follows, for every cigarette one consumes, it takes fifteen seconds off their life expectancy, smoking affects every organ in the body, and long-term smokeless tobacco users have a 50% greater risk of developing oral cancers than non-users. Even with all this information presented to them, there is still an amazing amount of people still to choose to put these fatal toxins in their bodies and put their own lives in danger.
The most common form of tobacco use is cigarette smoking. Approximately half of the 2.4 million of the tobacco-related cancer diagnoses were lung and bronchial cancer with men receiving more than women (Stewart 6). A cigarette contains nicotine, which is a highly addictive drug that invades or neurological and cardiovascular systems and impedes the user’s way of life and thinking. It embeds deep within our bloodstream and creates an addiction that the human mind believes it is need of and continues to receive the crave for throughout the day. When a smoker inhales the contents from a cigarette he or she takes in the arsenic, nicotine, and tar contained inside the cigarette and it releases these toxins into the body creating damage in every aspect imaginable. When a person smokes their lungs build up this layer of tar and flaky material that coats the lining of their lungs, which can result in breathing issues and a leading contribution to asthma or more commonly known as “smoker’s cough.”
Many smokers have bought into the urban myth that using “light” or “mild” cigarettes in replace of a “menthol or “full flavor” cigarettes reduces their risk of health related issues. In reality, all types and variations of the product are extremely...

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