2008). The mortality rate for lung cancer is shocking, in 2012 it is estimated that lung cancer will cause about 29 percent of all cancer deaths among men and 26 percent among women in the United States. Which totals to 160,340 fatalities, more than the combined number of deaths from the next three most common cancers (colon, breast, and prostate) (Cagle, P.T., & Allen, T. 2012). Lung cancer affects people from all lifestyles; however, this disease is more likely to affect the elderly and African American male population. How can we reduce these staggering statistics?
Smoking is responsible for at least 20% of all deaths from heart disease in the United States. (http://community.healthgate.com) Not only your heart is being involved with scary things but so are your lungs. When smoking a person has a higher risk of getting pneumonia, flu, bronchitis and emphysema. Lung cancer is an extremely high risk caused in smoking. Lung cancer kills more than 20,000 people in the United States every year.
Smoking is the most preventable cause of death in our society. During 1995, approximately 2.1 million people in developed countries died as a result of smoking. One tobacco use is responsible for nearly one in five deaths in the United States. Lung Cancer mortality are about 23 times higher for current male smokers and 13 times higher for current female smokers compared to a lifelong never-smoker. In addition to being responsible for 87% of lung cancers, smoking is also associated with cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, pancreas, uterine cervix, kidney, and bladder.
Cigarette smoking and exposure to tobacco smoke cause more than 440,000 premature deaths each year in the United States. Of these premature deaths, about 40 percent are from cancer, 35 percent are from heart disease and stroke, and 25 percent are from lung disease. Smoking is the leading cause of death or premature deaths, but preventable death in this country. Secondhand smoke causes diseases and premature deaths in non-smoking adults and kids. Being exposed to secondhand smoke might increase the risk of heart disease by 25 to 30 percent.
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world die every year from diseases caused by smoking. Approximately one in two lifetime smokers will die from their habit. Half of these deaths will occur in middle age. The most common of the diseases caused by smoking is cancer, of course. Not only is it a cause of lung cancer, but cancer of the larynx, and the esophagus, and it contributes to the development of cancers of the bladder, pancreas, and kidney.
Smokers have a lower life expectancy due to the high risk of developing serious diseases, such as lung cancer and heart disease. People who choose to smoke not only effect their own health but also the health of non-smokers around them. In fact, debates and calls to permanently ban cigarette smoking in public places such as restaurants, public transportation and stores, continue to this day. According to a study published by the American Cancer Society, “Nicotine found in cigarette smoke is as addictive and deadly as heroin or cocaine” (1). Cigarette smoking should be banned because it causes
There are other toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke that are suspected to cause cancer, for example: Formaldehyde, Benzo[a]pyrene, and Toluene. Smoking harms almost every organ in the human body. Can cause heart disease, stroke, aortic aneurysm... ... middle of paper ... ...ens into buying tobacco products, Pechacek said. "Tobacco companies voluntarily stopped outdoor billboards, but have taken these advertising dollars and put them into local convenience stores," he said. The study also found one of the "major predictors" of tobacco use to be whether teens spend time with other people who smoke.
By smoking, people have a fivefold increase in the risk of dying from lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Lung cancer accounts for 29 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States and smoking accounts for about 87 percent of lung cancer deaths. The risks of dying from lung cancer are 23 times higher for male smokers and 11 times higher for female smokers than for nonsmokers. An estimated 158,700 people - 94,400 men and 64,300 women- die from this disease each year, which makes lung cancer the leading cause of cancer deaths in both sexes. The great majority of lung cancer cases could be prevented and thousands of lives could be saved each year if people would quit smoking.
Banning Cigarettes This year alone cigarettes will kill over 420,000 Americans, and many more will suffer from cancers, and circulatory and respiratory system diseases. These horrible illnesses were known to come from cigarettes for years. Recently the Food and Drug Administration declared nicotine, the main chemical in cigarettes, addictive. This explains why smokers continue to use cigarettes even though smokers are aware of the constantly warned about health dangers in cigarettes. Some researchers have also found out that smoking by pregnant women causes the deaths of over 5,000 babies and 115,000 miscarriages.
It is no wonder that cigarettes are sometimes referred to as “coffin nails”, because each one smoked is a metaphorical nail driven into the person’s coffin. Smoking is a lethal habit. It “causes more than one in five deaths in America” (American Heart Association), and “one in two lifetime smokers will die from their habit” (Stop Smoking Programs). People who smoke are more likely to die earlier, usually due to various ailments ranging from hardening of the arteries to different types of cancer. Thousands of people die every day from smoking-related causes, even though the American Heart Association states that smoking is currently the most preventable cause of death in the United States.