We hear it all the time … smoking is bad for you so stop doing it. You might even put away a pack for a few days or a week (if you’re feeling extra driven), but then you revert back it – “the nicotine is just so addicting” you say. You’re stressed out – it calms you down. It’s a social thing – you only do it when you go out with friends (every weekend). I have heard these reasons all too much. If you’re not going to stop smoking for yourself, do it for your loved ones. Smoking is killing you and it’s time you take control of your life.
By the Numbers
•480,000. The number of deaths per year in the United States that occur from smoking. – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
•41,000. The estimated amount of deaths that secondhand smoke exposure is responsible for in the United States each year. – CDC
•13 to 14. The average number of years earlier smokers vs. non smokers die. –American College of Cardiology
Smoking causes cancer. Cancer kills.The American Cancer Association stated that at least 30 percent of all cancer deaths can be credited to cigarette smoking. And, it’s not just lung cancer. Consider these types of the disease:
•Nose and sinuses
Nicotine is a nightmare for hearts. It raises heart rates and causes high blood pressure (due to blood vessels constricting), which can ultimately increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Smoking causes chronic inflammation. When the body feels the need to protect itself, inflammation occurs – it’s the body’s biological response to rid harmful stimuli and cells or irritants. The Journal of Oncology explained it best in its article “Cigarette Smoke, Bacteria, Mold, Microbial Toxins, and Chronic Lung Inflammation” published in 2011: “Inflammation not only establishes a micro environment that fosters the malignant transformation and tumor growth but also promotes microbial colonization.”
And the list goes on, between killing your bladder, your mouth, and even your sex life. At the end of the day, I hope you make the choice to love your body and your family by kicking smoking to the curb.
Located in Cape May Court House, Dr. Burton Waisbren provides medical services to patients who reside in Southern New Jersey. He specializes in cardiovascular diseases and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. To schedule an appointment, call Waisbren Medicine at 609-465-1593.