Black, shriveled, small; the description of a raisin, this is all that remains of a previously healthy lung after years of smoking. In 2015 smoking acceptance is taboo; no one can justify it as a part of a healthy life style when multiple research studies have been published on the harms of smoking.
When a person inhales that puff of smoke, it goes through the mouth, down the trachea and resides in the lungs until exhale, “Most cases of oral cancer are linked to cigarette smoking” (Elliott, Sisson and Wyatt). For this reason, someone who smokes should perform oral exams on a regular basis to assess for signs of oral cancer. Not only are there proven physical harms to smoking, but for those that have lost a loved one in death and because of this, there are emotional losses as well.
Signs of oral cancer can form in any part of the mouth or throat. The possible signs and symptoms are a sore, irritation, lump or thick patch in the mouth, lip, or throat. For example, there may be a slight discolor pigment of white or red patches in the mouth, as well as experiencing some numbness in the tongue or other areas of the mouth. Another symptom is having difficulty chewing and swallowing as if something was caught in your throat, just by moving the jaw or tongue can be complicated as well. In addition to oral cancer symptoms can also cause inflammation of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable. As if that wasn’t enough agonizing pain, the cancer can cause discomfort in one ear without hearing loss, ("Oral Cancer").
Tracheal and lung cancers are more likely with people who smoke but so are many other conditions. “COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary (PULL-mun-ary) disease, is a progressi...
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...hat “Secondhand smoke is known to cause cancer. It has more 4 than 7,000 chemicals, including at least 70 that can cause cancer.” Even our “Young children are most affected by SHS and least able to avoid it. Most of their exposure to SHS comes from adults (parents or others) smoking at home.” ("Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke What is secondhand smoke?")
Smoking whether from first hand or second hand has harmful effects on the body, this is not a theory but rather a fact that is backed up and supported by research. Those who continue to smoke even after knowing the facts do so because of an addiction to nicotine. To see funds deplete so that a habit can be supported, to know that there are health consequences to ones actions but not be able to stop, is to be a part of a 42 million person epidemic ("Average Daily Cigarette Consumption per Adult Smoker by State").
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