Scary Smoking Facts

You know that smoking isn’t good for you. But did you also know these things?

 1: Each cigarette reduces your life by about 11 minutes. [1]

 2: Cigarette smoke contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.[2] They include: [3]

  • Arsenic – used in rat poison;

    Lung with emphysema, caused by smoking Photo credit: Yale Rosen

    Lung with emphysema, caused by smoking
    Photo credit: Yale Rosen

  • Formaldehyde – embalming fluid;
  • Tar – material for paving roads;
  • Nicotine – used as insecticide;
  • Cadmium – active component in battery acid.

3: Smokers die an average of 13 to 14 years earlier than non-smokers. [4]

4: Cigarette smoking is responsible for more deaths each year than deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, car accidents, suicides, and murders combined. [5, 6]

5: Smoking causes more than just cancer.  It also is linked to: [7]

  • erectile dysfunction;
  • infertility;
  • eye disease – leading to blindness;
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema);
  • coronary heart disease;
  • acute myeloid leukemia;
  • pneumonia.
  • different cancers, including bladder, esophageal, larynx, lung, mouth, throat, cervical, uterine, kidney, stomach, and pancreatic cancers.

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