the percentage of smokers has dropped over the years, there are
53 million Americans over the age of seventeen who smoke cigarettes.
And 9 out of 10 smokers report that they would like to quit.
industry has strong incentives to encourage their employees to stop
smoking. Smokers have a 22% higher rate of sickness and loss of
job time and take 10% longer to recover from illness not even related
to smoking. Also smokers are a great deal more susceptible to having
industrial accidents. It has been estimated that the smoker costs
the employer on the average, $4,500 a year.
is one of the most dangerous substances that can be taken into the
human body. Over 200 known poisonous substances have been identified
in tobacco smoke. Nicotine, arsenic, cyanide, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde
and phenol are a few of the more commonly known ingredients.
two pack a day smoker shortens his or her life by eight years, and
even light smokers, those who smoke one to nine cigarettes a day,
shorten their life expectancy by approximately four years.
smoker is injured to some degree with every cigarette he or she
lights. A one pack a day smoker puts one quart of tobacco tar into
his or her lungs every year. As the lungs are painted with this
sticky tar, chemicals cause the lungs to become stiff and lose their
elasticity, a condition known as emphysema. One of the most significant
facts about emphysema is that it is irreversible and incurable.
Once the lung tissue has lost its elasticity and the air sacs have
been ruptured, the lungs’ function has been permanently destroyed.
cancer is the leading cause of all cancer deaths, and the vast majority
of lung cancers are caused by cigarette smoking. The reason that
lung cancer is particularly dangerous is because very early in its
development, the cancer is prone to spread throughout the bloodstream
to other organs in the body. By the time the cancer is found, it
has often spread to the liver, brain and bones.
particularly sad fact is that the primary treatment of lung cancer
is surgical removal with only about a 10 percent cure rate. The
key treatment of lung cancer lies in the prevention of the cancer
through the elimination of smoking.
are a common cause of death in patients having a combination of
uncontrolled high blood pressure and a history of cigarette smoking.