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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Some Figures...

The health effects of tobacco smoking are related to direct tobacco smoking, as well as "Passive smoking" , inhalation of environmental or secondhand tobacco smoke.

The United States' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes tobacco use as "the single most important preventable risk to human health in developed countries and an important cause of premature death worldwide".

Twenty-four percent of pregnant women in Indiana smoke cigarettes. If they didn’t smoke, Indiana would reduce its infant mortality rate (12th highest in the country) by 9%. Tobacco smoke reduces the delivery of oxygen to the fetus through the presence of carbon monoxide, cyanide, and aromatic hydrocarbons. Nicotine and other substances in tobacco smoke cause reduction in placental blood flow, creating further reductions in oxygen delivery as well as reductions in nutrients to the unborn baby. Secondhand smoke exposure during pregnancy produces twice the risk of low birth weight babies. Smoking is the single largest modifiable risk factor in intrauterine growth retardation.
The main health risks in tobacco pertain to diseases of the cardiovascular system, in particular smoking being a major risk factor for a myocardial infarction(heart attack), diseases of the respiratory tract such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and emphysema and cancer, particularly lung cancer and cancers of the larynx and tongue.

Prior to World War I, lung cancer was considered to be a rare disease, which most physicians would never see during their career. With the postwar rise in popularity of cigarette smoking, however, came a virtual epidemic of lung cancer.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Quit Smoking

Quit Smoking

After years of having been a heavy smoker myself, I finally called it a day and decided to quit growing cancer inside my lungs. It may sound harsh what I'm saying now, but everybody knows smoking is like putting a timebomb inside your body. You don't know how much time is left before the big C-bomb detonates, but you know for sure that, if you don't get killed in let's say a car accident for instance, your life will be over much sooner than that of the average non-smoker.

It's always up to each individual to quit smoking or not. However, anyone who has ever tried to quit smoking, knows how hard it is to leave the daily packet(s) of cigarettes behind.

The use of tobacco for recreational purposes in the 20th century has caused more casualties than the two World Wars did together. It might not say much, but if you know that everyday more people die from lung cancer all over the world than from any other non-smoking related disease, it makes you linger on the thought of lighting your next cigarette.

In this first post I won't get into details about annual statistics of lung cancer caused by smoking. However, I hope it may be a statemenet to make people wonder whether they should go on with this filthy habit or, as I did a few months ago, call it a day.