The Diseases Caused by Smoking

If you stopped smoking today, you will increase your chances for a longer and richer life. And we’re not just talking about the money in your pocket, since the cost of a pack has never been higher. Smoking decreases your productivity and secondhand smoke increases the harm to the environment. But perhaps the best rationale to convince you to stop smoking is to increase your health, with the chance of living a longer, healthier life, and decreasing your chance of suffering from the diseases caused by smoking.

First, the numbers: Almost one-half million Americans will die from smoking-related causes this year. Smoking causes 30% of all deaths relating to cancer, and 87% of all deaths relating to lung cancer. Lung cancer is hard to treat and affects males and females equally. Everything the cigarette and its smoke touch carries the risk of getting cancer. It starts at the mouth, continues to the larynx, down your throat to the esophagus, until it reaches the stomach and finally the bladder. Smoking-related cancers also include the blood (acute myeloid leukemia) and organs, mainly the kidneys and pancreas.

There are other deadly diseases besides cancer that have been found to be caused by smoking. They include aneurysms (a blood vessel bursts), heart disease and chronic lung diseases like COPD. Smoking can also cause stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, as well as poor blood flow to your arms and legs. Bronchitis and pneumonia are common with smokers. If you have asthma, smoking can make it worse. Smoking can also cause cataracts and macular degeneration, as well as the loss of bone density. These diseases might not kill you, but they sure make it harder to enjoy your life.

Everyone dies; smoking just speeds up the process. Studies have shown that smokers die an average of from 13 to 14 years sooner than nonsmokers. Wouldn’t you rather die from old age?

Alex Marhsall is a pool afficionado and self-confessed pool and billiards addict. Growing up in an Arizona pool table shop taught him everything there is to know about billiard tables, pool tables, accessories, brands, and shooting to score.

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