A few facts about the smoking habit
Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds and 400 other toxins. These cigarette ingredients include nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT. Nicotine is highly addictive. Smoke containing nicotine is inhaled into the lungs, and the nicotine reaches your brain in just six seconds. While not as serious as a heroin addiction, addiction to nicotine also poses serious health risks in the long run and anyone who smokes cigarettes is affecting their long term health in many ways.
Cigarette Smoking Facts:
Each day, more than 3,200 people under 18 smoke their first cigarette, and approximately 2,100 young adults become daily smokers.
~ 9 out of 10 smokers start before the age of 18, and 98% start smoking by age 26.
~ 1 in 5 adults and teenagers smoke.
~ In 2011, an estimated 19% of U.S. adults were cigarette smokers.
~ Approximately 18% of high school students smoke cigarettes.
~ In 2011, nearly 18% of high school boys were current cigar users.
~ From 1964 to 2014, the proportion of adult smokers declined from 42.0% to 18.0%.
Why Smoking Is Harmful?
~ More than 16 million people already have at least one disease from smoking.
~ More than 20 million Americans have died because of smoking since 1964, including approximately 2.5 million deaths due to exposure to secondhand smoke.
~ 8.6 million people live with a serious illness caused by smoking.
~ On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.
~ Nearly 9 out of 10 lung cancers are caused by smoking. Smokers today are much more likely to develop lung cancer than smokers were in 1964.
~ Nearly 8 out of 10 COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) deaths are a result of smoking. Currently, there is no cure for COPD.
~ Women smokers are up to 40 times more likely to develop COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) than women who have never smoked.
~ Smoking increases a person’s risk of getting tuberculosis and dying from it.
~ More than 11% of high school students in the United States have asthma, and studies suggest that youth who smoke are more likely to develop asthma.
~ Smoking slows down lung growth in children and teens.
~ Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States, and 90% of lung cancer deaths among men and approximately 80% of lung cancer deaths among women are due to smoking.
Cancer From Smoking
~ Smoking causes many other types of cancer, including cancers of the throat, mouth, nasal cavity, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix, as well as acute myeloid leukemia.
~ Men with prostate cancer who smoke may be more likely to die from the disease than nonsmokers.
What is an E-Cigarette?
An electronic cigarette (e-cig or e-cigarette), is a personal vaporizer (PV) or electronic nicotine delivery system is a battery-powered vaporizer that simulates the feeling of smoking. They are often cylindrical, with many variations. Some e-cigarettes look like traditional cigarettes, but others do not. There are disposable or reusable versions. The user inhales an aerosol, commonly called vapor, rather than cigarette smoke. E-cigarettes typically have a heating element that atomizes a liquid solution known as e-liquid or Juice. E-liquids usually contain propylene glycol, glycerin, nicotine, and flavorings. E-liquids are also sold without propylene glycol, without nicotine, or without flavors.
E-Cigarettes, a sensible alternative
There is conflicting information on E-Cigarettes primarily do to the fact that a large amount of products come from China and there is no regulation on the materials and ingredients. The fact is that the US made products are made from quality materials and are safe. E-Cigarettes are designed to allow people to replace the oral fixation of smoking with a more benign manner of nicotine delivery with no tar. E-Cigarettes allow the user to adjust the level of nicotine to the body. For those who want to quit, E-Cigarettes can empower the user to wane off the nicotine over time making the transition to zero nicotine and eventually stop smoking. There are only 4 ingredients contained in E-Cigarettes so they have far fewer chemicals and therefore far fewer risks to the user that Cigarettes.
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