There are no health benefits from smoking, yet more than 20 million Americans have died from illnesses related to smoking in the last 50 years, according the Surgeon General. Even today in the United States there is said to be around 38 million smokers and if the current rate continues, as many as 5.6 million young Americans who are under the age of 18, are projected to die prematurely despite all the warning labels and anti-smoking campaigns. So, why is smoking still so prevalent? Do we, as a society, not comprehend the effects of smoking on our bodies and health and of those around us?
Chances are you know that smoking causes lung cancer, which is the leading cancer killer in both men and women, but were you aware that smoking is responsible for an estimated 90 percent of lung cancer cases? With more than 7,000 chemicals and 60 known carcinogens, the statistics shouldn’t come as a surprise. When compared to nonsmokers men are 23 times more likely to develop lung cancer, whereas women are 13 times more likely. Your risk of lung cancer can increases by 30 percent when living with a smoker. Approximately 3,400 nonsmoking individuals die each year from lung cancer caused by being exposure to secondhand smoke.
According to new data released in 2014 by the Surgeon General 1 in 3 cancer deaths can be attributed to tobacco use. The list of cancers linked to smoking is larger than ever and expected to grow as researchers are gaining more insight into specific types of cancer. The updated list now includes cancers of the larynx, throat, mouth, sinuses, esophagus, cervix, ovaries, bladder, colon, rectum, liver, stomach, pancreas, kidney and acute myeloid leukemia. Smoking is the only known lifestyle habit that puts you at risk for getting acute myeloid leukemia.
Studies have shown how dangerous breathing in secondhand smoke is, even briefly, prompting 28 states to enact smoking bans in all enclosed public places. Science has revealed 69 chemicals in secondhand smoke that are known to cause cancer, and research continues. Studies have shown that secondhand smoke can contain up to five times the carcinogens you would be exposed to when actually smoking....