Smoking, Tobacco, and Health Information Line. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mailstop K-50, 4770 Buford Highway NE, Atlanta, GA 30341-3724. (800) 232-1311. http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco .
Virtual Office of the Surgeon General: Tobacco Cessation Guideline. http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/tobacco .
[ smōk´ing ]
the act of drawing into the mouth and puffing out the smoke of tobacco contained in a cigarette, cigar, or pipe. For centuries, tobacco smoking was suspected of being a health hazard, and now a close relationship between smoking and lung cancer and heart disease has definitely been established. While smoking is not the only cause of these diseases, its relationship to them and also to other diseases has been so strongly established that no smoker can afford to ignore the evidence. Parents especially owe it to their children to educate them in order that the cigarette habit will never begin.
General Effects on Health. Tobacco smoke contains a number of harmful substances, including poisons such as nicotine. various irritants, and carcinogenic compounds. Because cigarette smokers usually inhale this smoke, they are much more subject to its harmful effects than pipe and cigar smokers, who generally do not inhale. In pipe and cigar smoking, however, there is some danger to the heart because of the nicotine that is absorbed by the mouth. There is also the possibility of cancer of the lips, tongue, and mouth. Statistically, there is no question that nonsmokers are far less subject to the diseases that affect smokers. Passive smoke, that inhaled by individuals in close proximity to smokers, can also cause respiratory problems.
Public health An addiction causing the most preventable form of malignancy, lung CA Economic costs Direct: ± $16 x 109/yr, hospitalization; indirect: ± $35 x 109, lost productivity, earnings, disability, prematurity Population cost of smoking $200 per capita; 1 cigarette ↓ life span by 7 mins; smoking-related fires kill 1500/yr, injure 4000/yr–US; smokers suffer excess mortality of ±400,000/yr; in 1960, 70% of Americans smoked; in 2001, 27%. See Passive smoking.
a method of preserving meat or fish (most commonly bacon) which preserves the food's natural color and flavour. The food is pickled in salt first and then smoked in a smoke house, using special woods for special flavours, for about 3 days.
Patient discussion about smoking
Q. why is smoking bad for you?
A. There are
numerous reasons why smoking is bad: it increases the risk for many cancers (and the more nasty ones, the ones that are not easily treated, if at all), in increases the risk to disease of the heart and blood vessels (sounds less dangerous, but still No 1. killer), it can cause chronic obstructive lung disease (imagine sitting in your chair, dependent on the oxygen mask, while even lacing your shoes cause you to feel out of breath), and many others.
Not to mention the cosmetic aspect: it gives a yellow shade to your fingers and teeth, it accelerate damage to the skin and can cause hoarseness.
It doesn't affect only you but also the people around you - your children your spouse, your friend that you expose to the smoke. And we haven't even mentioned the economical burden and social aspects.
There are many other reasons, but the decision to accept smoking as a bad thing must first be made by the listener- otherwise all I mentioned above wouldn't make any difference.
Q. Am I addicted to smoking? I only smoke when I go out with my friends to a pub and at parties. Does this make me an addict?
A. You might not be addicted; however you shouldn't smoke at all since it is very unhealthy. If all your friends smoke, maybe you should start hanging out with non smoking friends as well or take your smoking friends out to places where they can't smoke and then you will not feel obligated to join them.
Q. what to do to quit smoking?
A. that's a tough one- quit smoking is a physical and mental struggle. first of all getting rid of the dependency on cigarettes, and then getting rid of the old habits (smoking after meals, in pubs, with coffee). it's harder then it seems. you may gain weight while doing so, so i recommend starting a diet for a month or two while smoking only a 1/4 of the amount you used to smoke and after a month just stop.
it's hard i know- i smoked almost 2 packs a day for 20 years. i stopped one day, i had the feeling there's an earthquake for 2 weeks. you just need a good motivation, like your children's health.
crossing fingers for you!
I'm here if you'll need help.