If you are a cigarette smoker, you may or may not understand the risks you are causing to yourself by smoking. You may also not realize how much harm secondhand smoke can cause to the people around you. If you are not a smoker, you may find yourself holding your breath or turning your head in disgust when you pass a smoker on the street. Cigarettes are pretty disgusting of their own accord, but when you learn about what is actually in a cigarette, the disgusting parts become even more pronounced. Add to that the fact that you can easily wind up with several types of cancers and other health issues, and you have the makings of an evil monster.
Understanding the risks of smoking cigarettes should be at the top of your list before ever lighting up, but many people take on this enormous risk without doing their research. Sometimes it is peer pressure, other times it is simply curiosity; whatever the reason, many regular smokers were never informed prior to becoming addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes.
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Of course, it makes sense that one of the leading causes of death in smokers is lung cancer. But did you know that you put yourself at risk for a number of other types of cancers just by smoking cigarettes? On the list of cancers caused by cigarettes are cervical cancer, pancreatic cancer, throat cancer (in the pharynx and/or larynx), kidney cancer, bladder cancer, and mouth cancer. Sometimes smoking can even be found as the cause of some breast cancers. You are also putting yourself in harm's way because if you manage to get rid of your cancer and continue to smoke, you risk a recurrence of that cancer.
While nicotine, the addictive factor in cigarettes, is not carcinogenic – that is, cancer causing – it does make smokers want to continue smoking at all costs because of its addictive properties. It is also used as an insecticide, which should make you want to toss out that carton of cigarettes immediately.
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease around the world, so why are we all still lighting up if we can prevent it? Take time to consider the fact that one out of two regular smokers will die from a disease caused by smoking, and that you are much more likely to develop lung cancer than someone who does not smoke.
If you, as a smoker, are looking to get healthy and perhaps purchase some term life insurance, think about the following: if you were to quit smoking right now, you would lower your risk of a heart attack to that of a regular person's in approximately 10 years. The same can be said of your risk of cancer, but change the time to about 15 years after you stop smoking. If you want to live a healthy life, kick the tar out of those cigarettes – literally. Make the decision to remove all types of smoking from your life, including hookah and other forms, because you will never be able to kick the habit if you give up one for the other.