Smoking Cessation Programs Brookings SD
Rapid City, SD
Health Effects of Smoking
Health Effects of Smoking
Melissa HeronimoFriday, September 14, 2007 Does smoking have any advantages?Hell no!Cigarette smoking is the major single cause of cancer morality in the United States. This statement is true because cigarette smoking and tobacco use are more acquired behaviors, ones that the individual chooses to do, and smoking is the most preventable cause of premature death in our society. Each year a staggering 435,000 people die in the US from tobacco use. About half of all Americans who continue to smoke will die because of the habit. Nearly 1 of every 5 deaths is related to smoking. Cigarettes kill more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, aids, homicide, and illegal drugs combined.
Cigarette smoking accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths. It is a major cause of cancers of the lung, larynx (voice box), oral cavity, pharynx (throat), and esophagus, and is a contributing cause in the development of cancers of the bladder, pancreas, liver, uterine cervix, kidney, stomach, colon and rectum, and some leukemia. About 87% of lung smoking causes cancer deaths. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women, and is one of the most difficult cancers to treat. It is very hard to detect when it is in the earliest, most treatable stage. Smoking is also the most universal bad dental health habit! Tobacco increases the risks of oral cancer and periodontal disease. Symptoms of oral cancer are sore lip or in the mouth that does not heal, lump in the mouth or throat, white or red patches on the gums, tongue, lips, or lining of the mouth, unusual bleeding from the mouth or throat, difficulty swallowing, and persistent hoarseness. Someone dies of oral cancer every hour in the U.S. Periodontal disease occurs when a bacterial infection destroys the soft tissue and bone that anchors your jawbones. In the early stages of the disease you may notice that your gums bleed when you brush or floss. As the infection worsens your teeth will begin to break down and pull away from your teeth, forming pockets. Later the pockets between the teeth and gums deepen as more of the supporting structures are destroyed. Ultimately your teeth may become loose, painful and may even fall out. These two diseases related to dental problems are extreme cases of smoking. But there are more factors such as bad breath, stained teeth, decreased senses of taste and smell, mouth sores, poor healing, implant failure, yellow nails.[P}Another gross illness caused by chewing tobacco is called the hairy tongue. It happens when a buildup of keratin is produced on the tongue. All these diseases and consequences seem dangerous and make a person unattractive yet tobacco companies keep spending billions of dollars each year to attract new smokers and more than 30% of our population smokes or chews tobacco. We need to educate ourselves on something we use before we use it especially when we know it could be harmful. Our health should...