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 due to smoking triggers myocardial or cerebral infarction. Smoking has also been identified as contributing to periodontal disease, the cause of tooth and gum decay. It has been proven that smoking reduces longevity. It is misleading if you consider cigarettes as recreational or a mood enhancer. In addition, smoking increases the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a devastating pulmonary illness.
What is COPD?
The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) as the fourth leading cause of death in the world, estimating that globally over 64 million people have the disorder. By 2030, the WHO predicts that COPD will become the third leading cause of death around the world.
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 shortness of breath from climbing or descending stairs 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 cure for COPD but the first step in treatment for the disease is quitting smoking. Habitual smoking puts you at a risk for this incurable disease.
The best preventative method is to quit smoking. If you started 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.