Smoking Is The Leading Cause Of Preventable Death Essay

1095 Words Dec 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
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 to smokers dependent on nicotine. Quitting tobacco use can be difficult, that is why it is essential that health care providers, especially oral health care providers, offer advice or recommend counseling to assist patients in quitting. Many types of tobacco products exist, but there is no safe form of tobacco. Cigarettes and other forms of tobacco including cigars, smokeless tobacco, pipe tobacco, e-cigarettes, and hookah all contain the addictive drug nicotine. When nicotine in smoked, chewed, or inhaled, it becomes readily absorbed into the bloodstream. A cigarette contains finely cut tobacco that is rolled up into a paper wrapped cylinder and smoked.4 Cigars are typically made up of a single type of air-cured or dried…

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