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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredHow do I begin to list the risks of smoking? Smoking has a detrimental effect almost every cell in the body. Cigarette smoking kills almost a half a million people every year in the U.S. alone. Smoking causes nearly one out of every five deaths. When compared to nonsmokers, smokers have a 2-4 times higher risk for heart disease and stroke. People who smoke are 13 times more likely to die from chronic and obstructive lung diseases (COPD) than nonsmokers. Smoking increases the risk for lung cancer by 23 times in men and 13 times in women. It also causes cancers of the blood, bladder, cervix, esophagus, kidney, larynx (voice box), mouth, throat, stomach and uterus. It impacts fertility, pregnancy, birth weight and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). It prematurely ages your skin. You can harm your friends and family with secondhand smoke.
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredSmoking addicts you, causes cancer, promotes heart disease, stroke, memory loss, causing decay in orgasm quality, causes wrinkles, and if those aren't enough, it causes you to lose money to the big tobacco companies, and causes you to have a less intelligent group of friends.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Smoking is a major risk factor for many medical conditions including cancers-throat, lung and bladder as examples, strokes, heart attacks, emphysema, and bronchitis.
Intermountain Healthcare answeredYou can't always see or feel the damage that tobacco does to your body -- especially at first. But here's what using tobacco does:
- It hurts your lungs. Smoking can cause breathing problems, like asthma or emphysema.
- It causes cancer. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. Chewing tobacco and using snuff can lead to mouth and throat cancer. Tobacco use of any type may lead to many other cancers, too -- like cancer of the cervix, kidney, and bladder.
- It raises your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. These are serious health problems.
- It hurts your looks. Tobacco stains your teeth and can wreck your gums. It causes wrinkles. It gives you bad breath.
- It harms your friends and loved ones. Smoking can harm the people you live and work with. Breathing your secondhand smoke hurts their health as well.
Kelly Traver, Internal Medicine, answered
Smoking accounts for 90 percent of lung cancer, but it also increases the risk of cancer in the mouth, throat, nasal cavities, larynx, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, bladder, cervix, and bone marrow. Tobacco consumption and secondhand smoke also cause cancer. Smokers who quit can expect to live 10 years longer than someone who continues to smoke.
Joane Goodroe, Nursing, answered
Dr. Oz and others have provided a great deal of information on the risks of smoking. One of the areas where smoking causes a great deal of damage is SECOND HAND SMOKE. New studies are demonstrating children of parents who smoke have a higher tendency for high blood pressure, heart disease, lung problems and cancer. The damage to people who have never smoked a cigarette but have been subjected to smokers is another huge risk from cigarettes.
American Diabetes Association answeredIt is no secret that smoking is bad for your health. Smoking hurts your lungs and your heart. It lowers the amount of oxygen that gets to your organs, raises your bad cholesterol, and raises your blood pressure. All of these can raise your risk of heart attack or stroke.
Harris McIlwain, Pain Medicine, answered
The health risks of smoking are as follows:
- Coronary heart disease, especially heart attack and heart failure
- Magnifies the risk for coronary heart disease in those who already have hypertension and high blood cholesterol
- Atherosclerosis and blockage of the arteries that supply the feet and legs, leading to gangrene and amputation
- Atherosclerosis and blockage of the arteries that supply blood to the brain, leading to stroke
- Increased risk of sudden death
- Coronary heart disease and stroke in women who take oral contraceptives (especially after age 35)
- Blood cholesterol increased by increasing the LDL-cholesterol and may decrease the HDL-cholesterol
- Physical performance, endurance and lung function decreased
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital answered
One in five Americans, or approximately 443,000 each year, will die from tobacco related illness, making smoking the leading preventable cause of premature death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smoking substantially increases the risk of illness and death from lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema and many other potentially preventable illnesses. It is directly responsible for 87% of all deaths from lung cancer, the leading cause of all cancer deaths, and is a major cause of cancer of the larynx, mouth, throat, bladder and esophagus, among others, according to the American Cancer Society. It is also linked to reproductive and early childhood problems such as increased risk for impotence and infertility, low birth weight, early delivery and even sudden infant death syndrome. Secondhand smoke, smoke that is passively inhaled, often by a spouse, young children, the elderly or anyone who comes into close, regular contact with a smoker, is estimated to cause approximately 50,000 deaths each year, in addition to 100,000-300,000 cases of pediatric bronchitis and asthma.