The Risks Of Smoking

by Medindia Content Team on  June 3, 2004 at 3:59 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
The Risks Of Smoking
Smoking kills about 444,000 people in the United States each year. On average, men who smoke shorten their lives by about 13 years, while women who smoke cut their life expectancy by about 15 years . Latest research reveals new dangers of smoking.

In 1964, the Surgeon General's Report showed smoking was linked to cancers of the lung and larynx in men and chronic bronchitis in both men and women. Doctors now say that there are many more diseases to add to that list,namely leukemia, cataracts, pneumonia, and cancers of the cervix, kidney, pancreas and stomach.

Researchers say low-tar or low-nicotine cigarettes do not offer health benefits over regular, "full-flavor" cigarettes and they also stress on the fact that there is no such thing as a safe cigarette. Reports also show that quitting smoking has both immediate and long-term benefits. Specialists say , "Within minutes and hours after smokers inhale that last cigarette, their bodies begin a series of changes that continue for years."

Researchers say they hope this new information will help motivate people to quite smoking and convince young people not to start smoking.

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