Dangers of Smoking

The highly deadly aftermath of smoking is a well-known fact across the world. Smokers are highly prone to various different types of diseases from smoking and yet there are still billions of people who smoke. According to the World Health Organization, they have rated smoking as a “leading cause of death, illness and impoverishment. The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public threats the world has ever faced, killing around 6 million people a year. More than 5 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 600 000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke”.

The US department of Health & Human Services has outlined the plausible cancer that may arise due to smoking. These include the nose, mouth, larynx, trachea, esophagus, throat, lungs, liver, stomach, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, cervix, bone marrow and blood, colon, and the rectum. These cancers that one may be prone to is only a fraction of the diseases as there are still vast amounts of different diseases that one may have to face such as heart attacks and strokes.

Tobacco is a plant and the leaves of this plant are used to manufacture the cigarettes that people smoke. However, the World Health Organization has announced, “there are more than 4000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, of which at least 250 are known to be harmful and more than 50 are known to cause cancer. The severity of tobacco smoking can clearly be seen as smoking is seen as one of the most preventable causes of deaths in the world. However, cigarettes are highly addictive and once people start to smoke, it is difficult for many to quit.

Smoking also has negative affects on those who are in the smoker’s vicinity. This is called second-hand smoking. Though the person may not be a smoker, just by being nearby and inhaling the smoke, the person is prone to the diseases that tobacco causes. “There is not safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke. In adults, second-hand smoke causes serious cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including coronary heart disease and lung cancer. In infants, it causes sudden death. In pregnant women, it causes low birth weight. Almost half of children regularly breathe air polluted by tobacco smoke in public places. Second-hand smoke causes more than 600 000 premature deaths per year. In 2004, children accounted for 28% of the deaths attributable to second-hand smoke” (World Health Organization).

The aftermath from smoking not only has adverse effects on those who smoke but also has negative effects on those around them. Recognizing the severity of this issue the World Health Organization has claimed that the “WHO is committed to fighting the global tobacco epidemic. The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control entered into force in February 2005. Since then, it has become one of the most widely embraced treaties in the history of the United Nations with 180 Parties covering 90% of the world’s population”. However, there are still millions of people who are smoking around the world and the death rates from smoking are still high.

In such as desperate struggle to tackle the problem of smoking, finally a plausible solution has been presented. Breaking away from the dangers of tobacco, electronic cigarettes are receiving much attention from smokers across the globe. This product does not contain tobacco and users may choose to include or exclude nicotine in their e-liquid. Though there still needs to be more research done regarding this product, the research done so far indicates e-cigarettes as an appropriate alternative to traditional cigarettes. Many e-cigarettes have been created with the vision to bring an end to smoking, which would result in saving the lives of many smokers and also of those who are exposed to second-hand smoking.

Though people do recognize that smoking is dangerous, many are unaware of the vast amounts of diseases that they are prone to and how easy it is to contract these diseases from smoking. People, especially smokers need to be made aware of these dangers and for those who find it difficult to quit, switching to e-cigarettes may be a wiser and a safer decision that may promote improved health worldwide.