10 health risks of smoking
Posted by lavanya bharathy on June 25, 2015
Category Health, Wellness & Fitness

1. Tobacco use is an addiction. Nicotine is the substance in tobacco which causes addiction. Tobacco addiction is hard to break due to the combination of the nicotine addiction along with physical and psychological triggers.

2. In Canada, tobacco causes about 37,000 deaths each year and is the leading cause of preventable death.

3. Tobacco kills more people in Canada than all deaths caused by traffic accidents, suicides, murders, and drug abuse combined.

4. A Canadian dies every 12 minutes of a tobacco related disease.

5. One out of every two people who smoke will die from a smoking-related illness and one-half of those deaths will occur prematurely in middle age from ages 35-65.

6. The average person who smokes may die 10 years earlier than a similar non-smoker.

7. Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 harmful chemicals including tar, lead, hydrogen cyanide, acetone and carbon monoxide; at least 70 chemicals are known to cause, initiate or promote cancer.

8. Smoking causes the following cancers: mouth, throat, larynx, lung, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, bladder, stomach, cervix and acute myeloid leukemia.

9. The risk of heart disease and stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people who smoke as compared to those who do not smoke.

10.Smoking isn't pretty! It causes premature wrinkles, makes the skin dry and leathery, and causes yellow teeth, tooth decay, and bad breath.



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