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Know the Facts About Smoking Dangers

Tobacco kills more people each year than alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroin, homicide, suicide, car accidents, fire and AIDS COMBINED.

FIRST HAND SMOKE:
Active Smoke
It is the smoke inhaled / ingested directly by the smoker himself.

SECOND HAND SMOKE:
Passive Smoke or Environmental Tobacco Smoke
It refers to the mixture of fumes released by the ends of cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, or smokers’ mouths inhaled [Involuntarily] by people that aren’t smoking.

THIRD HAND SMOKE:
Smoking releases invisible toxic brew of gases and particles including heavy metals, carcinogens and even radioactive materials which settle on smokers' hair and clothing, cushions and carpeting and remain long after smoke has cleared.

This is referred to as Third hand smoke and it is easily ingested by children and proves harmful.

The most common diseases caused by smoking are:

  1. Heart disease and stroke caused by inhaling carbon monoxide
  2. Lung cancer, caused by the carcinogens in the tar in cigarette smoke
  3. Cancer of the lip, mouth, throat, larynx, bladder, pancreas, stomach, kidney, and cervix, caused by exposure to the toxins in cigarette smoke
  4. Emphysema, caused by tar, and chronic bronchitis, caused by irritants in tobacco smoke

Smokers are more likely to:

  • Get colds and flu
  • Have shortness of breath and wheezing
  • Get cataracts and macular degeneration
  • Have gum disease and yellow teeth
  • Have problems getting pregnant
  • Become impotent
  • Have problems sleeping or falling asleep
  • Have memory problems
  • Develop stomach ulcers
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Develop emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or asthma
  • Have diabetes complications
  • Have circulation problems
  • Develop premature facial wrinkles

Think Smoking Only Affects You?

Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to get:

  • Pneumonia
  • Ear infections
  • Bronchitis
  • Severe asthma
  • SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
  • Behavior problems

Adults exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to have:

  • Heart disease
  • Lung cancer

Family pets exposed to second hand smoke are more likely to develop:

  • Breathing problems
  • Sinus/nasal infections
  • Nasal cancer
  • Lung cancer
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