Harmful Effects of Smoking
Just say NO! Nearly 480,000 Americans die because of smoking each year. According to cancer.org, more than 6 million people in the world die every year! Smoking can increase your chance of heart disease to 2 to 4 times. It could also increase your chance of a stroke. Many men and women who smoke also are at risk for developing lung cancer. Men who smoke have an increased rate of developing lung cancer of 25%, and women have an increased rate of 25.7%. Smoking is the cause of 30% of all cancer deaths in America and around 80% of lung cancer. Smoking can lead to many cancers including: mouth, larynx, pharynx, esophagus, kidney, cervix, liver, bladder, pancreas, stomach, colon, and Myeliod leukemia. Smoking can also cause damage to the organs of your body like your: lungs, heart, blood vessels, reproductive organs, mouth, skin, eyes, and bones. The picture above is a poster that warns about the harmful effects of smoking.
Smoking can also cause discoloring in your nails and your teeth. It puts you at the increased risk of gum disease and tooth loss. You may find that your wounds may even take longer to heal as an effect of smoking. Your immune system will also be decreased in its functions. Smoking increases your risk of type 2 diabetes, and it can also decrease your sense of taste and smell. It can also make your house and clothes smell awful. Smoking can even affect your eyes and sight. It can lead risk to cataracts, which is a clouding of the lens. It also increases the risk for macular degeneration, which could cause blindness. Smoking causes many negative effects on your body, and it can also cause second hand smoke. Second hand smoke puts the people who you smoke around health’s at risk, even if they don’t smoke. What will you say to that cigarette? Just say NO!
By: Amie Schroeder
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