The dangers of smoking

This is a familiar topic that has surfaced many times in your life.  Care about yourself, colleagues, friends, family, relatives by sharing this information with them.

Smoking

(https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/PublicHealthEducation/HealthInformation)

In the United States,

About 16.6 / 13.5 percent of all man / women smoke cigarettes

Every day, nearly 1,200 boys / 1,100 girls under 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette.

7.6 / 7.5 percent of all high school aged boys / girls smoke cigarettes

EVERY CIGERETTE YOU SMOKE, TAKES AWAY 11 MINUTES OF YOUR LIFE (British Medical Journal)

Secondhand smoke causes disease and premature death in nonsmoking adults and children.

The U.S. Surgeon General estimates that living with a smoker increases a nonsmoker’s risk of developing lung cancer by 20-30%.

Exposure to secondhand smoke increases school children’s risk for ear infections, lower respiratory illnesses, more frequent and more severe asthma attacks, and slowed lung growth, and can cause coughing, wheezing, phlegm, and breathlessness.

Teens are more likely to smoke if they have friends or family who smoke.

Smoking causes coronary heart disease, cancer, and stroke

The good news is that you can do something about it now—smoking truly is what the CDC terms a “modifiable” risk factor.  Visit your local health authorities or physicians for advice on Quitting Smoking.