Health Effects of Smoking

In comparison, statistics indicate that smoking related illnesses account for 1 in 7 non-indigenous deaths, and most of those occur over the ages of 65.

According to the Cancer Council of Australia, more than half of long-term smokers will die as a result of smoking related disease.

However, quitting smoking at any time or age will more than likely increase life expectancy. According to research conducted by British doctors; quitting smoking at the age of 30, 40, 50 and 60 increased life expectancy by another 10, 9, 6 or 3 years respectively.

Health Conditions and Diseases Caused By Smoking

Cancers of the throat, lungs, tongue, nose, mouth, sinus, nasal, oesophagus, voice box, stomach, pancreas, kidney, stomach, bladder, bone marrow, ureter and cervix. Smoking related deaths account for over 21 percent of cancer related deaths.

Heart disease. Alarming, but true—smoking accounts for 1 in 3 cases of heart related disease in people below the age of 65.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease includes emphysema and bronchitis. In fact, most long term smokers will more than likely develop a certain form of emphysema and the more you smoke, the worse it will get.

Stroke – You are three times likely to suffer a stroke during your young age than non-smokers.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm is when the lower end of the aorta bursts leading from the heart often causing sudden death. Smoking is the main cause of the disease.

Peripheral Vascular Disease is when the leg arteries block and ultimately lead to amputation. Smoking is the main culprit.

Peptic Ulcer Disease

Reduced fertility in women

Eye disease such as cataracts and macular degeneration

Low bone density

Respiratory symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and phlegm

Gum disease

Smoking Also Increases Your Risk To:

Liver and bowel cancer

A chronic form of a bowel disease called Crohn’s disease

Premature wrinkles

Dementia, like vascular dementia, decline on brain functionality and Alzheimer’s

Type 2 diabetes

Erectile dysfunction: Male smokers increase the risk of impotence and reduce their level of semen volume, sperm quality and sperm count.

Numerous complications during pregnancy and childbearing.

Increased chances of suffering from viral and bacterial infections like colds, tuberculosis, flu, and meningococcal disease.

Autoimmune diseases like lupus, multiple sclerosis an rheumatoid

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