This is how tobacco can kill you

  • Jan 03 , 2017

We all know how tobacco is bad for our health and how the use of tobacco is the leading cause of disability and many deadly diseases. Every year, we learn about how devastating tobacco can be to the human body and how damaging passive smoking is to those around it.

Each day, more than 3,200 people under 18 smoke their first cigarette, and approximately 2,100 young adults become daily smokers. 9 out of 10 smokers start before the age of 18, and 98 per cent start smoking by the age of 26. 1 in 5 adults and teenagers smoke. Approximately 18 per cent of high school students smoke cigarettes.

How is smoking harmful

General Health:

  • More than 16 million people already have at least one disease from smoking.
  • More than 20 million people have died because of smoking since, including approximately 2.5 million deaths due to exposure to passive smoke.
  • 8.6 million people live with a serious illness caused by smoking.
  • On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.

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  • Smoking causes many types of cancers, including throat, mouth, nasal cavity, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder and cervix cancer, as well as acute myeloid leukemia.
  • Men with prostate cancer who smokes may be more likely to die from the disease than nonsmokers.

Respiratory issues:

  1. Nearly 9 out of 10 lung cancers are caused by smoking. Smokers today are much more likely to develop lung cancer than smokers of old era.
  2. Nearly 8 out of 10 COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) deaths are a result of smoking. Currently, there is no cure for COPD.
  3. Women smokers are up to 40 times more likely to develop COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) than women who have never smoked.
  4. Smoking increases a person’s risk of getting tuberculosis and dying from it.
  5. More than 11 per cent of high school students have asthma, and studies suggest that youth who smoke are more likely to develop asthma.
  6. Smoking slows down lung growth in children and teens.
  7. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women, and 90 per cent of lung cancer deaths among men and approximately 80 per cent of lung cancer deaths among women are due to smoking.
  8. Fertility: 18 million males over age 20 suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED). Smoking is a cause of ED, as cigarette smoke alters blood flow necessary for an erection.