Jonathan Trent Patterson
October 7, 2018
The Effects of Smoking
Smoking costs the smoker a lot of money, and can lead to
cancer, health issues, and it is nasty. Cigarettes have an average of cost
around $5.51 a pack the price in most states is six to eight dollars. New York
has the most expensive cigarettes in the country at $12.85 a pack
Smoking can cause cancer in almost any part of the body,
such as the bladder, esophagus, kidney, liver, pancreas, trachea, bronchus,
lungs, and much more. Smoking accounts for 30% of all cancer deaths. People
that smoke also increases the risk of dying from cancer more than people that
donít smoke. †Smoking cigarettes causes
most cases of lung cancer, approximately 87% of cases come from smoking. There
is a percentage of people that have lung cancer that have never smoked because
of second hand smoke. Some people also get it for other unknown reasons.
For people with asthma smoking
can trigger an attack and or make the attack much worse. If they have asthma, smoking
can make it worse; overtime it may cause, Chronic Obstructive pulmonary disease
(COPD), a lung disease that obstructs the airflow and interferes with normal
breathing. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Not everyone who
smokes will develop COPD. Most studies show that 20-30% will be diagnosed with
Smoking can also cause diseases such as lung diseases,
cardiovascular diseases, heart diseases. Smoking can cause strokes which lead
to deaths. Smoking can cause blockages and reduce blood flow. Smoking is a
cause of type 2 diabetes. The risk of developing diabetes is 30-40% higher for
people who smoke than people that do not smoke. People with diabetes that smoke
may have issues with insulin dosing. It also makes diabetes harder to control. Smoking
is a major cause of Cardiovascular disease (CVD). Smoking can rise
triglycerides, that is a type of fat in the blood. It can also lower good
cholesterol. It can damage cells that line the blood vessels and increase the buildup
of plaque. These things can lead to a heart attack.
Smoking can also affect the bones, it can cause weaker bones
and arthritis, and increase the risk for broken bones. There have been several
research studies that have identified smoking as a risk factor of osteoporosis
and can cause bone fractures. Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens the
bones and makes a fracture more likely. Studies have shown a direct
relationship between using tobacco and increased bone density.
Smoking can also cause loss of vision or blindness. Smoking can increase the risk of age related of matricula degeneration (AMD), it is an eye disease that affects a persons central vision, which is the major cause of blindness in older people. Another vision problem caused by smoking is that it can lead to cataracts. Cataracts causes blurry vision that worsens over time and can lead to serious vison loss.
There are also mental health conditions such as depression
and anxiety associated with smoking. Smoking is more common among people with
mental health conditions. About three out of ten cigarettes smoked in the united
states are smoked by people with mental health issues. It is uncertain why smokers
are more likely than nonsmokers to experience mental health conditions such as
depression and anxiety. There needs to be more research done to determine why this
There are many effects of smoking. It can cost a lot money to buy them, support the habit, and pay any medical bills that it could lead to. It can cause cancer for some people. It can cause breathing issues for people. It can cause heart problems, broken bones, blindness, and tooth loss. For those who choose to smoke they could face any or all these problems, it could also lead to an early death.
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