The pleasures of smoking last only a few minutes, but they lead to serious problems throughout life. Smoking can harm almost every organ in your body, from top to bottom and inside and out. You can eat five portions of fruit or veg a day and exercise regularly – but healthy behavior means little if you continue to smoke. Smoking over a prolonged period of time can cause a number of serious diseases and illnesses, some fatal and others that will not kill you but will leave you with a poorer quality of life in general.
Smoking is one of the biggest causes of preventable disease and premature deaths in mainly developed countries around the world. In the UK around 120,000 people die each year from smoking-related diseases. Globally it accounts for more than 440,000 of the more than 2.4 million annual deaths. 50% of long-term smokers die prematurely from smoking, a large number of them when they reach 35-40 of their age. The majority of people who die from smoking will have suffered from one of three main diseases: lung cancer, coronary heart disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Smoking is a leading cause of cancer and death from cancer. It causes cancers of the lung, esophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, pancreas, stomach, and cervix, as well as acute myeloid leukemia. Around 90% of all lung cancer deaths are caused from smoking and smoking is also the biggest risk factor for a number of other types of cancer as well.
Overall, smoking has been linked to a third of all deaths from cancer. In the US, 1 in every 4 people dies of cancer and over half a million people die each year from this disease. Smoking causes very serious effects during pregnancy on both the pregnant woman and the baby. A pregnant woman who frequently smokes is at a higher risk of a miscarriage and other complications such as bleeding, detachment of placenta, ectopic pregnancy and premature birth. There is a possibility of giving birth to a baby with a low birth weight or a stillborn baby. There may be some congenital defects in the baby.
Here is a list of 10 Deadly Diseases Caused By Smoking. The more you smoke the closer you come to falling victim to one of these diseases. You can also check the article; how to quite smoking?
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Cardiovascular (heart) disease
- Cancer (lung cancer, esophagus cancer, larynx cancer, mouth cancer, throat cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, pancreas cancer, stomach cancer, Cancer of the pancreas, Liver cancer, Cancer of the penis and cervix cancer)
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Atherosclerosis (buildup of fatty substances in the arteries)