Of all bad habits that mankind has acquired, smoking seem to have the worst reputation. It is so dangerous to a person’s health that smokers have to be explicitly warned even via label on the packaging of any tobacco product. In fact, it is so harmful that any healthy behavior is useless if you persist on smoking. Millions have been spent for anti smoking campaigns but many people find it almost impossible to kick the habit.
Smoking directly causes over 100,000 deaths in the United Kingdom and over 400,000 deaths in the US annually. Smokers are three times as likely to die before they reach the age of 60 or 70 as non-smokers. No wonder that the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes tobacco use as “the most important preventable risk to human health.”
It is common knowledge already that smoking can cause lung cancer. Actually, tobacco usage is associated with many forms of cancer, particularly cancer of the lungs, kidney, larynx and head and neck, breast, bladder, esophagus, pancreas and stomach cancer. What do you expect, cigarettes and other tobacco products contain more than 4000 chemical compounds and at least 400 toxic substances.
When a smoker inhales, his cigarette burns at 700°C at the tip and around 60°C in the core. The heat breaks down the tobacco to produce various toxins. A burning cigarette produces very damaging products: tar, the substance that causes cancer; that is of course nicotine.
Those who indirectly get exposed to smoking are also at risk of serious diseases. Children of smokers, for example, are at higher risk of asthma, asthmatic bronchitis and allergies while infants are prone to severe respiratory infections and cot death.
Many studies have shown that life expectancy is reduced by seven to eight years. It is a fact known by many that someone who smokes a cigarette shortens his life by around 11 minutes. Compared to other causes of death (breast cancer, AIDS, traffic accidents and drug addiction), smoking leads to more deaths under the age of 70. This is devastating because smokers are going on a direction that is opposite to that of non-smokers. Life expectancy has improved for millions of people all over the world because of the progress of modern medicine. Smokers, however, continue to die young.
In an effort to make it easier for smokers to quit smoking or at least become reintroduced to a more healthier lifestyle and health, electronic cigarettes are now becoming quite popular in the market. Because the experience of smoking is primarily the motivating factor for the habit, e-cigarettes were introduced to simulate this experience without the harmful effects that smoking brings.
Smoking cessation is probably one of the hardest things that a smoker can do. Thanks to e-cigarettes, this can be done now one step at a time or gradually. The important thing is that smokers now have the much needed help to reduce their risk for tobacco-related diseases.