Essay on The Effects Of Smoking On The Health Of An Individual

777 Words May 12th, 2016 4 Pages
One of the top leading causes of preventable deaths and illness in the United States, is tobacco.
Approximately 20 million people as of 1964 have died from the use of tobacco, and an estimated 2.5 million from second hand smoke (Services). One single cigarette contains over 7,000 chemicals which include ammonia, nicotine, arsenic, and acetone. Some of these chemicals are very dangerous poisons and are known to cause different types of cancer. When cigarettes were first discovered there were not as many harmful chemicals in them, nowadays the harmful chemicals that are put into cigarettes are also found in rat poison and gasoline. Smoking has many negative effects on the health of an individual such as heart disease, lung cancer, COPD and death.
The first considerable effect of smoking is heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America. Over 62 million American’s have some type of heart disease which include coronary artery disease, silent ischemia, and angina (types). Smoking increases the blood pressure, increases the chances of a blood clot, and decreases the tolerance of exercise, causing heart diseases.
The risk for developing any form of heart disease is greater in women who smoke and use oral contraceptives together, as well as men and women under the age of fifty (NHLBI). One out of four people in the world die each day from heart diseases caused by smoking or secondhand smoke. An estimated 34,000 nonsmokers die from heart diseases each…

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