Cigarette smoking creates metabolic changes in the body which causes pleasurable sensations in smokers. The state of relaxation is part of what makes tobacco addictive. Once addicted, your body depends on nicotine to relieve feelings of irritability, frustration, headaches, anger, anxiety, appetite increases and other feelings which are a normal part of life.
There are approximately 45 of the nearly 4000 or more chemical substances identified as
chemicals created and ingested while smoking. These substances are known to cause cancer. All
cancers caused by cigarette smoking could be prevented by not smoking. Smokers who quit by age 50 may cut their risk of dying in the next 15 years in half. Quitting also substantially decreases the risk of
lung, laryngeal, esophageal, oral, pancreatic, bladder, and cervical cancers and lowers the risk for other major diseases including heart disease and stroke. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2009 about 169,000 cancer deaths are expected to be caused by tobacco use. Over 39,000 people died of cancer in Georgia in 2009.
As a result of breathing Second Hand Smoke, nearly 3,400 nonsmoking adults die each year from
lung cancer. Exposure to Second Hand Smoke causes an estimated 150,000 to 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia and bronchitis, each year in US infants and children. Smoke-free environments are the most effective approach to limiting exposure to Second Hand Smoke.
Men with nicotine addiction are more likely to develop low penile blood pressure. Smoking
damages blood vessels which carry blood to the penis. Years of smoking contributes to
impotence. Male smokers create children who have a higher than normal chance of developing
leukemia and brain cancer.
Cigarette smoking also creates a greater risk of osteoporosis, cervical cancer and uterine cancer in women. Infants of smoking women have an increased chance of dying of SIDS(sudden infant death syndrome).
Finding help when trying to quit is just a phone call away. The American Cancer Society is
willing to help. Call 1- 800-ACS-2345 to receive information on counseling and other
services that can help you quit for good.
References: American Cancer Society. Balch, Phyllis A, CNC and Balch, James F., MD, Prescription for nutritional Healing. New York, New York: Penguin Putnam, Inc., 2000.