Why Hate Cigarettes?
- Nearly one in five nonsmokers who get lung cancer grew up with parents who smoked.
- The risk of a nonsmoker getting lung cancer is twice that for another nonsmoker if both of the parents smoked.
- Secondhand smoke is the nation’s third leading cause of preventable death.
- Taking into account heart disease and other ailments 50,000 to 60,000 deaths each year are caused by passive smoking.
- Smoking causes wrinkles by depleting the natural collagen in the body’s skin.
- Depressed smokers are 2.6 and 4.5 times more likely to get cancer than nonsmokers and 1.25 to 1.6 times more likely to get cancer than non-depressed smokers.
- Smokers who quit before age 50 have half the risk of dying in the next 16.5 years compared with continuing smoking.
- About 390,000 Americans die each year from diseases attributed to smoking.
- Male smokers are 22 times more likely than nonsmokers to die from lung cancer and female smokers 12 times the risk of nonsmokers. The disease is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women.
- Quitting smoking reduces the risk of getting cancers of the larynx, mouth, esophagus, pancreas, and bladder.
- Smoking during pregnancy doubles the risk of having a low birth weight baby.
- Quitting smoking reduces the risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
- Smokers are twice as likely to die of heart disease as nonsmokers.
- Smoking cessation also reduces the risk of dying from stroke, influenza, pneumonia, peripheral artery occlusive, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and aortic aneurysm.
- Quitting smoking lowers the risk of developing gastric or duodenal ulcers.
- Some studies have found that nonsmokers who quit smoking when they developed cancer, lowered their risk of getting a second primary cancer.