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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.


At 11:52 AM, Blogger Bad Penny said...

What the f is wrong with you? Did you actually read Dr Dork's blog before you posted that dumb comment?


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