Still smoking? Research conducted by the American Lung Association in its 2011 report “Trends in Tobacco Use” might change that. According to their findings, cigarette smoking takes 13.2 years off a man’s life and 14.5 off a woman’s life. Unless you have death wish, that’s reason enough to kick the habit.
According to dozens of other studies, in most cases, smokers don’t just die early, they die painful deaths linked to respiratory illnesses, heart disease, and many forms of cancer.
Regarding cancer, consider that The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has determined that cigarettes contain approximately 43 cancer-causing agents, ranging from proven carcinogens to possible carcinogens.
If you’re smoking, it’s worth the effort to quit. If you’re smoking around others (even outdoors and especially around children!), it’s essential to stop. If you’re a non-smoker, avoid secondhand smoke since it is as harmful as smoking.
The carcinogenic and potentially carcinogenic (cancer-causing) agents found in tobacco smoke are as follows:
Group 1A – Carcinogenic to Humans
Group 2A – Probably Carcinogenic to Humans
Group 2B – Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans
Urethane (Ethyl Carbamate)
Group 3 – Unclassified
Source: Rosenthal, PhD, M. Sara. Stopping Cancer at the Source. Your Health Press.
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