We have all heard it — "smoking is bad for you." But what makes smoking so dangerous?
When you smoke, either directly or secondhand, you are inhaling more than 7,000 chemicals: hundreds of these are hazardous, and at least 69 are known to cause cancer. According to the CDC, smoking cigarettes:
- Increases your risk of premature, preventable death.
- Can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- Increases risk of heart disease 2-4 times.
- Increases risk of suffering a stroke 2-4 times.
- Makes you more likely to develop lung cancer, as it is the leading cause.
- Can cause cancer nearly anywhere in your body.
- Diminishes your health.
- Causes decreased immune system functionality.
- Increases the risk of developing diabetes.
- Damages your blood cells.
- Is dangerous to pregnant women, postpartum women and their babies.
- Causes these and countless other health problems.
Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. It causes many diseases and can reduce the overall health of smokers in general. The average smoker will die 13 to 14 years earlier than a nonsmoker. The resulting health problems are never worth the smoke. Smoking can decrease your quality of life. Smoking isolates you from family and friends. It smells, it’s expensive and the effects of secondhand and thirdhand smoke on your loved ones can be as deadly for them as smoking is for you.
And the negatives aren't limited to your health. Smoking can cost thousands of dollars every year. The healthcare costs of smoking-related illness and loss of work is staggering, not only for smokers, but for everyone.
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PREGNANT & POSTPARTUM CIGARETTE USE
Smoking during pregnancy can lead to a slew of consequences for both the mother and the baby. The fetus could have developmental problems, lack of oxygen, exposure to chemicals, birth defects and even have a higher likelihood of sudden infant death syndrome. Mothers can experience their own risks like a higher likelihood of miscarriage, increased fertility problems and more.Read More
MENTHOL TOBACCO PRODUCTS
Why Does Menthol Matter?
Found in plants like peppermint or grown in a lab, menthol has the ability to alter the way a person feels pain and tastes.
With menthol cigarettes, the sensation of breathing in harsh cigarette smoke is masked by a cooling sensation, according to the CDC. This makes cigarettes more appealing to both adults and youth. Those who use cigarettes with menthol are less likely to quit and stay quit than those who smoke non-menthol products.
Menthol-flavored cigarette sales
made up 37% of all cigarette sales
in the U.S. in 2019 and 2020.