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Cause and Effect: The Effects of Smoking

Posted By: Jay Garg

Do you know what smoking can do to your body? Smoking harms nearly every organ in your body.

Do you know what smoking can do to your body? Smoking harms nearly every organ in your body. Cigarette smoking has many health effects; some of these effects are getting diseases, cancer, other health problems, and death.

There are many cardiovascular diseases related to smoking. One of these diseases is coronary heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. Smoking also reduces circulation by narrowing the blood vessels which puts the smoker at risk of getting peripheral vascular disease. Smoking also causes abdominal aortic aneurysm, or the swelling of the aorta, the main artery of the body. There are also several respiratory diseases caused by smoking. Some of these include emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction. These diseases are caused by the damage of airways and alveoli (air sacs) of the lungs. Along with many diseases, smoking can cause many different types of cancers.

One of the most common types of cancers associated with smoking is lung cancer. This happens when the tissues in the lung is damaged by the chemicals in the cigarette. There are many more types of cancers you can get from smoking. Like I said, smoking harms nearly every organ in the body. Smoking can give you acute myeloid leukemia, bladder cancer, and cancer of the cervix (neck). It can also cause cancer of the esophagus, kidney cancer, and cancer of the larynx, cancer of the oral cavity, pancreatic cancer, cancer of the pharynx, and stomach cancer. Some research also shows that smoking could increase the risk of getting breast cancer. Although some smokers don’t get cancer, many of them do have other health effects and risks.

Smoking has many reproductive and early childhood effects. Some of these effects include infertility, pre-term delivery, still-birth, low birth weight, and sudden infant death syndrome. This bad habit also has more effects on women than it does on men. A couple of these effects are that women who smoke have a lower bone density than women who don’t. Women who smoke also have an increased risk for hip fracture.

Smoking also increases many health risks. The risk of women developing lung cancer is 13 times higher. The risk of men developing lung cancer is 23 times higher. The risk of getting coronary heart disease or stroke for both genders is 2 to 4 times higher. Lastly, dying from chronic obstructive lung diseases is 12 to 13 times more likely for smokers. These effects are bad for your body. They all lead to death. Let’s see the statistics of death from smoking in the United States.

The last effect of smoking is death. The health effects of smoking account for an average of 443,000 deaths every year in the United States. This counts as one of every five deaths in the US. More deaths are caused every year by cigarette smoking than by all deaths from human immune deficiency virus, also known as H.I.V, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined. Finally smoking causes 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% of all lung cancer deaths in women.

As you must have realized by now, smoking has many bad effects, which include many health-risks, cardio-vascular and respiratory diseases, many types of cancer, other adverse health effects, and ultimately death. Don’t smoke, because it has many bad effects.

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