Smoking Hurts More than Just the Lungs

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  • For more than half of century, smoking cigarettes has been associated with lung cancer.  Despite warnings from scientists and the federal government, smoking rates held steady for some time after this research was released. Only in the last few decades have smoking rates begun to fall. More recent research, though, has focused on the damage smoking can do beyond your lungs.


    According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 440,000 people die each year in the U.S. alone from smoking-related health conditions.  Lung cancer may be the big killer – 90 percent of lung cancer patients get it from smoking – but smoking can also cause bladder, kidney, throat, mouth, esophageal, pancreatic, stomach, blood, bowel, ovarian and cervical cancers. 

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    And if the cancer doesn’t get you, here are other potential health problems that might convince you to quit (or never start).

    It isn’t just smoking cigarettes either. 


    Cigar and pipe smoking aren’t much safer.  According to research from Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, both pipe and cigar smoking can significantly reduce lung function – people who smoked them were more likely to suffer from airflow obstruction than people who had never smoked.  Though tobacco-related health problems were fewer than in people who smoked cigarettes, cigars and pipes are far from “safe.”


    And smoking marijuana can lower fertility in men by damaging spermcause respiratory problems in its own right and can even affect brain chemistry.  Don’t believe the myths that marijuana doesn’t carry the same physical risks as tobacco smoking, and don’t think that marijuana doesn’t affect a person psychologically.  And yes, marijuana is addictive


    Even if you’re not concerned about your own health, consider those around you who may be affected.  Second-hand smoke is responsible for higher rates of COPD and lung cancer in non-smokers who may be exposed to smoke by smokers around them.  According to a study from Weill Cornell Medical College, second-hand smoking affects people on a genetic level. It concluded that no amount of second-hand smoke is safe


Published On: August 06, 2013