There are many smokers today who are ignorant of the risks associated with smoking. It has been established by health experts that smoking is responsible for various types of cancer. They include cancers of the mouth, throat, larynx, oesophagus, lung, bladder, kidney, cervix, stomach, pancreas and acute myeloid leukaemia.
Tobacco smoke does not only harm those who smoke but also poses a health risk to non-smokers. Quitting this unhealthy habit helps to decrease the health risks associated with it. Inhaling a little tobacco smoke can be detrimental attributing to the harmful chemicals contained in tobacco.
Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals out of which, 250 which have carbon monoxide, ammonia and hydrogen cyanide, are recognized as destructive. And 69 of the 250 chemicals can cause cancer.
The following are the cancer-causing chemicals:
• Vinyl chloride
• Ethylene oxide
• Chromium (a metallic element)
• Nickel (a metallic element)
• Beryllium (a toxic metal)
• Cadmium (a toxic metal)
• A radioactive chemical element (Polonium-210)
• 1, 3-Butadiene (a harmful gas)
• Benzo[α]pyrene, Formaldehyde and Toluene are additional tobacco smoke’s toxic chemicals alleged to cause cancer.
Smoking is said to lead in the development of cancer as it damages almost all the body organs, lessening the overall health of the smoker. There are numerous health concerns resulting from smoking such as asthma, cataracts, stroke, heart complications, aortic aneurysm (which is a bulge like a balloon inside an artery in the chest), hip fractures and chronic pulmonary disease (COPD). Smokers are highly susceptible to pneumonia as well as other infections associated with the respiratory system. (more…)