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10 Good Reasons Not to Smoke

10 Good Reasons Not to Smoke

  • Cigarette smoking causes about 480,000 premature deaths each year in the United States: cancer, 36%; heart disease and stroke, 39%; and lung disease, 24%.

  • Smoke at Your Own Risk: Cigarette smoking causes or worsens numerous diseases and conditions—the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. • Cigars have many of the same health risks. • Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard. • E-cigarette health consequences are unknown. • Smokeless tobacco products not a safe alternative. • Marijuana smoke contains many of the same toxins, irritants, and carcinogens.

  • Smoking Outcomes: Pick Your Poison: Smoking causes heart disease, stroke, aortic aneurysm, COPD, diabetes, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, age-related macular degeneration, and cataracts and worsens asthma symptoms in adults. • Increases the risk of pneumonia, tuberculosis, and other airway infections. • Causes inflammation and impairs immune function. • Makes it harder for a woman to get pregnant, increases risk of miscarriage. • Increases risk of erectile dysfunction.

  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems: To What End?: In 2014, more youth reported using electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), or e-cigarettes, than any other tobacco product. • Nicotine, the major psychoactive ingredient, is highly addictive and toxic. • Other toxicants, carcinogens, and metal particles have been detected in solutions and aerosols of ENDS. • Nicotine solutions pose poisoning risk for young children. • ENDS threaten to renormalize and glamorize smoking and to addict a new generation of youth to nicotine.

  • Ironic—Cigarette Use Down, Lung Cancer Risk Up: Among the 250 known harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke (eg, hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide), at least 69 can cause cancer. • Smoking is a leading cause of cancer—eg, of the lung, esophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, liver, pancreas—and of death from cancer. • A smoker’s risk of lung cancer or COPD has increased since the 1960s vs nonsmokers, even though the # cigarettes consumed per smoker has decreased. • The types of lung cancer in smokers have changed—squamous cell has declined, but adenocarcinoma has dramatically increased.

  • Control Tobacco for Children’s Health: Tobacco use, tobacco smoke exposure rank among the biggest health threats to children, adolescents, and adults. • There is no safe level of tobacco smoke exposure. • The developing brains of children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to tobacco and nicotine dependence. • Tobacco is unique among consumer products: It causes disease and death when used exactly as intended. • Reducing tobacco product use and tobacco smoke exposure among youth would improve their health.

  • Hooked on Hookah, the Flavor of the Month: Hookahs, water pipes used to smoke specially made flavored tobacco, are becoming popular with young persons. • Hookah tobacco and smoke contain many toxic agents that can cause clogged arteries and heart disease. • Babies born to hookah smokers are at increased risk for respiratory diseases. • Smokers may absorb more of the toxic substances also found in cigarette smoke than cigarette smokers do. • Hookah smokers may be at risk for oral, lung, stomach, or esophagus cancer; reduced lung function; and decreased fertility.

  • Smoking Recommendations Come of Age: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) now strongly recommends: • Increasing nationwide minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 years. • FDA regulate e-cigarettes and other ENDS the same as other tobacco products (eg, age restrictions, taxes). • Expanding smoke-free laws to include e-cigarettes. • Regulations to increase prices on tobacco products. • Prohibiting of smoking and other tobacco products that produce toxic emission in all workplaces.

  • AAP Clinical Tips for Better Practices: • Screen for use of tobacco and other nicotine delivery devices; provide anticipatory guidance to prevent smoking initiation and reduce tobacco smoke exposure. • Offer caregiver tobacco dependence treatment or provide referral • If the source of tobacco exposure cannot be eliminated, counsel on measures to reduce exposure to children • Make tobacco dependence prevention/treatment a part of medical education.

  • Another Reason to Quit: Sobriety Most adults who have alcohol problems also smoke cigarettes. • In adults with remitted alcohol use disorders (AUDs), use of cigarettes is associated with a significantly lower likelihood of alcohol use and a greater likelihood of alcohol abuse and dependence 3 years later. • Concurrent treatment of cigarette smoking and AUDs may help improve long-term alcohol outcomes and reduce the negative consequences of both substances. • Conclusion: Giving up cigarettes is even more important for adults in alcohol recovery because it helps them stay sober

  • Physicians Advocate Against Smoking, Yet Many Smoke: Smoking is prevalent even among physicians, according to study data that were to be presented at CHEST 2015 in Montreal. • Most physicians (57.45%) in the study reported never being smokers, but more than one-fourth (27.83%) said they are current smokers. • Most of the smokers (39.62%) were physicians in specialty training for surgery. • Improving work schedules could help reduce the number of smokers among health care professionals, the researchers concluded.

Although cigarette smoking declined to an all-time low last year, it remains a leading contributor to illness and death in this country. Adding to previous efforts to discourage smoking by better informing Americans—especially young Americans—about its many risks, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued extensive recommendations this week regarding public policy changes, clinical guidance for physicians to counsel patients and their families, and the regulation of e-cigarettes.

Click through the slides above for a concise review of the state of smoking in the US and a topline review of the new AAP recommendations.


I hope this will help smokers quit this bad destructive habit.

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