Dangers of Smoking

Monday, November 23, 2009

We all know that smoking causes health problems. Even the cigarette package has the Surgeon Generals warning about the health risks of smoking. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill shares some smoking facts.

Why quit smoking? Here are some disturbing facts from the American Lung Association:

h Cigarette smoking has been identified as the most important source of preventable morbidity and premature mortality worldwide. Smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 438,000 American lives each year.

h Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.

h Smoking is directly responsible for approximately 90 percent of lung cancer deaths and 80 to 90 percent of COPD deaths.

h About 8.6 million Americans have at least one serious illness caused by smoking.

h Secondhand smoke involuntarily inhaled by nonsmokers is responsible for approximately 3,400 lung cancer deaths and 46,000 heart disease deaths in adult nonsmokers annually.

h Nicotine is an addictive drug, which when inhaled in cigarette smoke reaches the brain faster than drugs that enter the body intravenously. Smokers not only become physically addicted to nicotine; they also link smoking with many social activities, making smoking a difficult habit to break.

How many more reasons do you need?

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.