Many Doctors warn of the dangers of smoking-related diseases like lung cancer, heart disease and stroke.
It has been widely reported that tobacco smoke contains over 60 types of cancer causing substances.
For instance, smoking is understood to be the cause of 90% of all lung cancer.
Studies conducted by Japan's National Cancer Center show that among those who smoke 20 cigarettes every day, starting at age 20, 1 out of 6 will die from lung cancer. Contraction and/or aging of the veins from smoking triggers myocardial or cerebral infraction.
Smoking has also been identified as contributing to periodontal disease, the cause of tooth and gum decay.
It has been proven that smoking reduces your longevity.
It is misleading if you consider cigarettes as recreational or a mood enhancer.
In addition, smoking increase the risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a devastating pulmonary illness.
What is COPD?
The world Health Organization (WHO) ranks COPD as the fourth leading cause of death in the world. In Japan, 1 in 12 people is suspected of having COPD.
Common symptoms in the early stages of COPD are coughs which lead to the presence of phlegm with the progression of the disease.
It is difficult to notice if you have contracted COPD and harder to reverse the effects once contracted.
When the lungs fail because of inflammation breathing becomes difficult. Smokers who notice short of breath from climbing or descending stairs and might cough up phlegm even though they don't have a cold should be especially careful.
COPD is life threatening especially when it advances to the stage where respiratory or heart failure can occur. Currently there is no available treatment for COPD but the first step in treatment the disease is quitting smoking.
Habitual smoking puts you at risk for this incurable disease.
The best preventative method is to quit. If you started smoking from an early age and are a heavy smoker, this will increase your chance of COPD. Stop smoking now and live a longer, healthier life.