Why Smoking is the Number One Cause of Death in America

Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of death in America and the most preventable. Smoking causes coronary heart disease, lung cancer, and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The harmful health effects of smoking cigarettes are innumerable. First off, smoking statistics show it is a major cause of stroke. It is responsible for forty percent of all strokes in people under sixty-five.

Smoking contributes to reduced bone marrow that can result in bone and hip fractures.This is prominent in women who have passed menopause. It also has an effect on your skin. It causes wrinkles around the eyes and mouth and gives skin a leathery appearance in some people.

Smoking is also associated with cervical cancer,stomach ulcers and cancer, kidney and bladder cancers, coronary heart disease, and lung cancer. It can also contribute to cancer of your voice box and throat. Add erectile disfunction to the list. It is said that one in every five deaths in the United States is a smoking related death.
Benefits of quit smoking

So far we haven’t said anything good about the health effects of cigarette smoking. And we will not. If you are getting the idea that it would be to your benefit to quit smoking you are ahead of the game.

According to the 1990 report of the US Surgeon General, ‘Smoking is probably the most important modifiable cause of poor pregnancy outcome among women in the United States.’ The effects of smoking on pregnant women are well documented on the quit.org website.

The Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, 1964 stated that “the habitual use of tobacco is related to physcological and social drives reinforced and perpetuated by pharmacological actions on the central nervous system, the latter being intrerpreted subjectively as a stimulant or a tranquilizer depending on the individual response”.

Actually, to rely on any perceived psychological or social benefit as an excuse to continue smoking is ludicrous when weighed against the known facts. Make no mistake about it. Smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products are a major cause of death.

One of the best decisions you will ever make is to stop smoking. You can try to fool yourself by switching to cigars, pipes, or worse yet – chewing tobacco! Unless you share the same genes as some of those ancient grandmothers who are still drinking and smoking at 100, you are doing serious damage to your health with every puff, chew, or snort. A nicotine addiction is no laughing matter. Be something more in your life than a statistic.