Smoking Is The Leading Cause Of Preventable Death

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Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. Out of the 42 million adult smokers in the United States, nearly 16 million live with a smoking related disease, about 480,000 deaths are caused from cigarette smoking, and 42,000 deaths are caused by secondhand smoking each year.1 Lifetime smoking usually begins around the age of 18. However, the average age kids start smoking is between 11 and 13 years old.2 The earlier the age a person begins smoking, the greater the risk the person has for smoking throughout their lifetime. They also have an increased risk for developing a range smoking-related health problems, including lung disease, heart disease, cancer, hypertension, and diabetes.3 These harmful conditions are often an afterthought …show more content…
When users try to quit, he or she may experience withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, sleep disturbances, increased appetite, cravings, and difficulty paying attention. That is why oral health promoters and educators should remind their patients of the benefits of quitting, as well as the consequences. Quitting smoking has immediate and long term affects.3 People who quit smoking at an earlier age have a greater benefits, which include “lowering their risk for heart disease, stroke, lung disease and other health conditions.”3 Individuals who quit smoking will begin to breathe better and have an easier time being active.10 Those who quit smoking reduce their risk for heart attack just one year after quitting and “risks for other conditions, including ulcers and cancers of the larynx, lungs, and cervix are reduced.”10 Smoking cessation also benefits and protects family, friends and coworkers from secondhand smoke health risks.10 Programs all across the United States are designed to help establish effective tobacco cessation techniques. “In 1999, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Office on Smoking and Health created the National Tobacco Control Program to encourage a coordinated, national effort to reduce tobacco-related morbidity and

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