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November 21, 2013

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:42 am


November 21, 2013 is designated as The Great American Smokeout which is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.  It is a day when smokers are encouraged to stop smoking with the hope that they can quit the smoking habit for days, months or years to come.


Tobacco usage is done in three different ways – chewing, inhaling or smoking.  All of these are detrimental to our health. Chewing tobacco can cause oral cancer.  Many young men will suffer oral cancer due to the chewing of tobacco.


Inhaling smoke is harmful to the lungs.  Secondary smoke is loaded with chemicals and toxins and can be as harmful as if it was inhaled.  Cigarette smoking is the top cause of death and disease that can be prevented.   I watch my friends who are young mothers leave their duties to go smoke at the same time every day. I think to myself that they are not only hurting their bodies, but are hurting their children by smoking and endangering the lives of their own children by smoking.


Every cigarette that is smoked by a smoker causes the loss of 11 minutes of his life.  Smoking is a slow suicide.  Smoking causes fifty different diseases, twenty of which are fatal.  The more a smoker smokes, the more addicted he becomes.


If a pregnant women smokes, her unborn child can suffer. The child is subjected to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  The pregnant women could suffer miscarriage and other bad effects.


Surgeons often ask a smoking patient to abstain from smoking for at least a week prior to surgery.  Smoking prohibits protein production which is necessary for healing.


Smoking can cause a patient to have emphysema, bronchitis or chronic obstructive lung disease.  Ninety percent of lung cancer is directly related to cigarette smoking.  Thirty percent of cancer fatalities are caused by smoking.  Smoking can also cause cancer of the mouth, bladder, kidney, stomach, esophagus, larynx and pancreas.


If you don’t light up, you can have a longer life on the bright side.

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