Smokers and Former Smokers: How Can You Prevent Lung Cancer?

Does Smoking Really Cause Lung Cancer?

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This might sound like a dumb question if you are already informed on the dangers of smoking but for a great many who are still trying to make up their mind here are some medically and scientific proven facts about smoking.

  • Of the 7,000 chemicals found in tobacco 250 where found to be harmful such as hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide, and ammonia. Of these 250 there are 69 that can cause cancer.7)U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014
  • The U.S. Surgeon General reported 7,300 nonsmokers who died of lung cancer due to second hand smoke a year.8)http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/secondhandsmoke/fullreport.pdf
  • Quitting smoking will lower your risk of getting cancer and even if you already have lung cancer quitting will drastically lower your probability of getting other types of cancer. Thats right cigarettes and tobacco products don’t only go after your lungs. Smoking has been signaled as the cause of over 10 other types of cancer among these are colon, cervix, liver, stomach and pancreatic cancers. 9)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20093278
  • According to the American Lung Association other illnesses caused by smoking are COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), heart disease, stroke, asthma,reproductive effects in women, premature, low birth-weight babies, diabetes, blindness, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

References   [ + ]

1, 4, 7.U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014
2, 5, 8.http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/secondhandsmoke/fullreport.pdf
3, 6, 9.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20093278

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