Smoking Kills • Every year, 400,000 Americans die from smoking related illness. This year, smoking will kill more than 276,000 men and 142,000 women. • Every drag inhaled from a cigarette contains 4,000 chemicals. Out of those 4,000 chemicals, 109 of them are proven to cause cancer. • Smoking does not only kill yourself, but in fact it kills the loved ones around you as well. Every year, 52,000 non-smokers die from inhaling second-hand smoke. • Now for us to actually understand the affect of smoking does to our body, we must look at it in these harmful ways; who smokes and when they started, what is in an actual cigarette, and the long term effects.
Who Smokes? When did they start smoking? • 7.5 million surveyed in the United States. They are regular tobacco users and 65% are regular cigarette smokers. • Approximately 80% of adult smokers started before the age of 18. But every day, nearly 3,000 become smokers. • This is estimated that 5 million of our young adults will die prematurely because they made the decision to smoke cigarettes.
What is an actual cigarette? • There are 4,000 identified chemicals found in cigarette smoke. 109 of those chemicals are proven cause cancer, and 10 of them are identified to cause birth defects. • The three most health-damaging chemicals in tobacco smoke are nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide. • One pure ounce of nicotine can paralyze and slow the nervous system of an adult man so quickly, he could die within three minutes.
What is an actual cigarette cont’ • When tar cools inside your lungs, it forms a black sticky mass. Someone who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day for one year inhales eight ounces of tar. That is the same weight as a stick of butter. • Carbon monoxide is a odorless, deadly gas released from exhausts of vehicles. When inhaled, it removes the oxygen from the body, leaving smokers with short of breath when just walking up a flight of stairs. • Next time you think of sticking a cancer stick in your mouth, remember it’s like sticking your lips against the exhaust pipe of a car and taking a deep breath.
The Long-Term Effects and Diseases of Smoking • Smoking increases your risk of cancer. Cancer is the 2nd leading death in the Unites States, and now kills nearly half a million people every year. • 90% of all cancer death are caused by lung cancer that is associated with smoking cigarettes. • In fact, in 1986 lung cancer actually caught up with breast caber in the leading cancer deaths in women. • Other cancers associated with smoking consists of cancers of the bladder, pancreas, kidney, larynx, mouth, esophagus, and uterine cervix.
Other Frightful Long term Diseases Associating with Smoking • Heart disease is today’s number one killer in America. 865,000 people died from heart disease last year, 30-40% were attributable to smoking. • Another lung disease such as COPD, which is chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema, is caused by smoking. Mucus from the smoke builds up around the lungs and invites bacteria to grow. • This then will not let the smoker fight out any viral infections and as a result will develop the flu, pneumonia, coughs, tuberculosis, and other breathing problems.
Secondhand Smoke and Why It Is Harmful to Others. • Secondhand smoke kills 53,000 Americans each year. In each year, secondhand smoke causes 3,000 lung cancers in non-smokers • If you think about all the chemicals you inhale in your body, your children inhale those same 4,000 chemicals as well. • SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), occurs twice as more frequently among babies whose mother smokes. • There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke.
It’s Your Choice • Now that we have explores the health hazards of smoking and what it does to our bodies, do you want to smoke cigarettes or should we call them cancerettes? • Remember to ask yourself of smoking is worth your life or a family members life? • Cigarette smoking is the single most preventable cause of premature deaths, Marlboros anyone?