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About two million people die each year as a direct consequence of tobacco smoking. When it makes combustion, a cigarette produces about 4.000 different toxic gases which get inside the lungs and blood of those who smoke or are near smokers. Nevertheless, every day thousands of young people start the habit and millions more continue smoking.
Cigarette smoke is the number one carcinogenic and the mortality rates indicate just that. Smoking causes more deaths that A.I.D.S., alcohol abuse, automobile accidents, legal and illegal drugs, suicides, and homicides all together. More than three million premature deaths a year are attributed to cigarette smoking. This habit is the cause of 30% of all cancer related deaths in developed countries. A person dies every 10 seconds from tobacco related illnesses and 1.1 billion people are smokers. (a third of the adult population over 15 years of age, according to the OMS). It is unfortunate that cigarette consumption has been legally and socially acceptable in almost all parts of the world, even if it causes more deaths than all psychoactive substances put together.

RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

Function:

  • It provides the oxygen cells need.
  • It eliminates CO2 as a byproduct.

Damage:

  • It decreases pulmonary functions.
  • It increases mucosity.
  • It produces coughing and infections.

CIRCULATORY SYSTEM

Function:

  • It takes Oxygen and nutrients to the cells.
  • It carries CO2 from the organism back to the lungs to be purified.

Damage:

  • It constricts blood vessels.
  • It damages the endothelium.

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

Function:

  • It converts food into particles that the circulatory system takes as nutrients all over the body.
  • It disposes of waste.

Damage:

  • It irritates the digestive tract.
  • It decreases the absorption of nutrients.

There are many health benefits if you stop smoking. It is never too late and some of the damage is reversible.

  • After 20 minutes… your blood pressure, your pulse and your temperature will go back to normal.
  • After 24 hours……… the risk of cardiac arrest will decrease.
  • After 3 months……. your circulation will improve and pulmonary function will increase by 30%.
  • After 12 months…… the risk of coronary disease will be cut in half.
  • After 24 months…. the risk of coronary disease will continue decreasing.
  • After 5 years………. the risk of lung cancer and cerebral thrombosis will decrease by half.
  • After 10 years……. the risk of lung cancer will be equal to a non smoker.
  • After 15 years……. the risk of coronary disease will be equal to a non smoker.
  • A smoker’s organism dies faster. With each cigarette you smoke you are cutting 8 minutes of your life.
  • Cigarette smoking is a risk factor for getting cancer and pulmonary emphysema. You will be more at risk if you smoke in excess and started smoking at an early age.
  • Unlit cigarettes are harmless, but once you light them up, the combustion produces 4.000 toxic gases; carbon monoxide, ammonia, and nicotine among them. They will move into your lungs and become part of your organism. They are toxic guests that produce cancer, burn your nose, your throat and increase your cardiac rhythm.
  • You will become mute because it will affect your vocal chords.
  • Cigarettes obstruct the coronary arteries that are why smokers get tired easier and have complicated breathing. Besides, cigarette smoke contains radioactive particles that can be the source of malignant tumors in the bodies of active and passive smokers.
  • Cigarettes are to die for……and you will probably die. Smoking increases your blood pressure making the heart work harder. They can also be the cause of arteriosclerosis and chronic bronchitis. Non smokers are also at risk if they share a smoker’s environment. When somebody in the family smokes they all smoke.
  • When a pregnant woman smokes, she is forcing the fetus to smoke. In each cigarette breath she takes, all the toxic substances are reaching the baby. The fetus’ cardiac rhythm increases and its heart begins to work extra hard. Babies born to smoking mothers are smaller and can have developmental problems. They can catch colds easier and have bronchial and respiratory illnesses throughout their lives. Pregnant women, who smoke, are at a higher risk of having a miscarriage or delivering a dead fetus.
  • do what they see and when family or friends smoke, they don’t think there is anything wrong with doing it. Massive media glamorizes and legitimates this vice, and little by little it will become a normal activity for them.
  • Children and young adults who cohabitate with smokers, become passive smokers themselves.

Non-smokers’ rights

  • Do not allow anybody to smoke in your presence or in the presence of your children or pregnant women.
  • Make people respect your rights. Be assertive.
  • Make people respect the non smoking signs