We’ve always known that cigarettes are bad for you. With the exception of the part of US history where doctors were recommending Marlboro’s, it’s been pretty clear that smoking cigarettes is a surefire way to come down with a whole list of diseases. Smoking cigarettes has been scientifically linked to twenty-one diseases (lung cancer, artery disease, heart attacks – to name a few). Many of the leading causes of death in the United States are strongly correlated with tobacco smoking.
Not surprisingly, recent research has revealed that cigarettes are even worse than scientists originally thought. After following a group of nearly one million people for ten years, researchers started to notice that some of the previous numbers didn’t add up. Diseases that had been linked to tobacco only accounted for about 83% of deaths in smokers. The findings inspired a deeper look into diseases linked to cigarette smoke.
Brian D. Carter, lead researcher, decided to dig deeper and see which diseases could also be linked to smoking. He notes that smoking tobacco is known to weaken the immune system, opening the doors for a whole host of infections. In addition, lung damage from smoke can lead to deadly respiratory illnesses. Carter also was able to link heavier smoking with higher risks for deadly illnesses.
In total, Carter’s study added at least five new diseases to the roster. Before the study, already half a million deaths per year in the US were blamed on smoking related illnesses. Esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, liver cancer, pancreas cancer, lung cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, larynx cancer, cervical cancer, oral cancer, acute myeloid leukemia, diabetes, stroke, atherosclerosis, chronic lung disease, pneumonia, tuberculosis, diabetes, and even the flu are all diseases that are closely connected with the smoking of cigarettes.
Carter suggested that breast and prostate cancer could also be linked.
So what can we take away? It really hits home to many of us when we hear bad news about cigarettes. Many of us have quit or are in the process of seriously cutting back. The truth is that smoking cigarettes affects more than just death statistics. It severely decreases your quality of life and is attributed to tons of non-life-threatening health issues as well.
Vaping is a great step in eliminating cigarettes. It’s all a pretty serious conversation – but it’s necessary to think about our health in the long term. Congratulations for doing what it takes to be a healthier, happier you!
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