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Cigarette Smoking Health Problems and How to Prevent Them

Posted Jun 04 2010 12:00am

There are a lot of ailments that are directly related to smoking. A partial listing is as follows:

Lung cancer – The Surgeon General’s report of 1964 was the U.S. government’s first warning that cigarette smoking and lung cancer are directly linked. Although lung cancer is the disease that is most often associated with cigarette smoking, other cancers that are associated with the habit are cancer of the bladder, larynx, kidney, pancreas, pharynx, esophagus, cervix and uterus.

Heart disease – Cigarette smokers are two to four times more likely to have problems with heart disease, as smoking constricts blood vessels, making it harder for the heart to pump blood. Coronary heart disease is the number one overall killer in the United states.

Stroke – Cigarette smokers are also two to four times more likely to suffer a stroke than nonsmokers.

Low birth weight – In women who smoke, lower birth weight and stillbirth are considerably more common among smokers than people who do not smoke.

The ideal way to prevent these health conditions is to stop smoking completely. For a lot of people, this is very difficult, as a result of the body’s addiction to nicotine. The next best solution is to continue using nicotine through non-smoking means. Nicotine gum and patches have been available on the market for a number of years and a lot of individuals have success with them.

A newly developed device, the electronic cigarette , or e-cigarette, is also becoming popular. These devices, while not sold as aids to help people quit smoking, resemble real cigarettes and enable the “smoker” to inhale a tobacco-flavored mist that is infused with nicotine. The smoker no longer inhales the deadly carbon monoxide and tar, but rather inhales a mixture of water, flavoring, and nicotine. A lot of smokers enjoy electric cigarettes because it provides them with something to hold and put in their mouth, as with a regular cigarette.

If you smoke cigarettes long enough, you will likely come down with one of these “smoking diseases” in time. In order to avoid them, you should see your doctor about either quitting or about finding a nicotine substitute. The sooner you take action, the healthier you will be.

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