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Cold Hard Facts About Smoking and Tobacco

The FACT about smoking is: YOU KNOW YOU ARE HOOKED. YOU DO NOT KNOW IF YOU CAN STOP OR EVEN IF YOU SHOULD. Tobacco companies know the truth: Once you are hooked on Nicotine, it is very hard to QUIT.

QUITTING SMOKING IS HEALTHIEST DECISION YOU CAN MAKE IN YOUR LIFE.

Second hand smoke is known to be a cancer causing agent. WHY risk the health and LIVES of yourself, your family and friends by smoking? Quick synopsis of how dangerous smoking is:

  1. Cigarette Smoking and Tobacco Dipping are the major causes of cancer mortality in the United States. It accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths.
  2. Smoking is a major cause of heart disease, bronchitis, emphysema, stroke & greatly increases severity of Asthma.
  3. Tobacco has damaging effects on women's reproductive health, increases risk of miscarriage, pre-maturity and infant deaths.
  4. CDC estimated that adult male smokers LOST AN AVERAGE OF 13.2 YEARS OF LIFE AND FEMALE SMOKERS LOST AN AVERAGE OF 14.5 YEARS OF LIFE DUE TO SMOKING.
  5. More than 4000 individual compounds have been identified in tobacco. Among these, more than 60 are cancer causing agents. Some of these compounds include Ammonia, Tar and Carbon Monoxide.
  6. Research has shown that smoking even smoking 1 to 4 cigarettes per day can have serious health consequences, including increased risk of heart disease and higher risk of dying at an earlier age.
  7. SMOKING WILL KILL YOU. ABOUT HALF OF ALL THOSE SMOKERS WHO CONTINUE TO SMOKE WILL DIE BECAUSE OF THE HABIT. IN THE U.S., TOBACCO CAUSES 1 IN 5 DEATHS, KILLING ABOUT HALF MILLION AMERICANS EVERY YEAR.
  8. Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in our society and affects not only those who smoke, but all around them, especially the household members.

It is NEVER TOO LATE TO QUIT.

The sooner you quit, the more you can reduce your chances of getting cancer and other diseases.

Look at the following benefits:

After 20 minutes: Your Blood Pressure tends to improve.
After 8 hours: Carbon monoxide level drops to Normal.
After 24 hours: Your chance of heart attack decreases.
Within 3 months: Your Lung function may improve up to 30%.
1 to 9 months: Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue & shortness of breath decrease.
After 1 year: Excess risk of Coronary Heart Disease is half that of a smoker's.
After 5 years: Stroke risk is reduced to that of non smoker.
After 10 years: Lung cancer risk is about half that of a continuing smoker's. Risk of other organ cancers decrease too.
After 15 years: Risk of coronary heart disease is that of non smoker's.
 

All of the above data is based on the most currently available data of US Surgeon General's report of 1990.