People throw around a lot of random comments about smoking. The question is how big are the risks associated with smoking cigarettes? First, it is important to understand how widespread smoking is. Roughly a third of the male populace smokes and 80,000 to 100,000 kids worldwide add to that number every day. From the perspective of health, there are more disturbing statistics than one cares to count.
Due to the more than 4,000 carcinogens and toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke, there are also links between smoking and other types of cancer, including:
In addition to killing smokers, tobacco use can have significant effects on the unborn as less than 25% of smokers stop smoking upon discovering they are pregnant. Effects on the pregnancy can include:
In addition to these issues with pregnancy, nicotine is secreted in breast milk and can therefore be passed on to an infant through feeding.
In America alone, it is estimated that over $160 billion are spent every year on medical costs and costs due to lost productivity from smokerís illnesses. This money is in addition to the roughly $5.7 billion the tobacco industry spends on advertising. There are roughly 15 billion cigarettes sold daily, at 20 cigarettes a pack, that equates to 273.75 billion packs of cigarettes sold a year. Isnít it about time smokers valued their money and their health and put the wealthy tobacco industry out of business for good?