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The Consequences Of Smoking


Smoking and cancer

Smoking and cancer

Many people think that smoking mainly (or even only) causes lung cancer. It's true that smoking is much more likely to cause lung cancer. 86% of all lung cancers are due to smoking. Smoking also causes other cancers, such as pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer and bladder cancer. 

If you stop smoking, these risks decrease again.

Other disadvantages of smoking


The smoke can damage your lungs a lot. This often results in various lung diseases such as COPD. Not only your lungs are affected by smoking a cigarette, but your heart and vessels also have to endure it.

So a lot happens on the inside of your body. But smoking also leaves traces on the outside, so your nails and teeth get tanned and your skin ages much faster. Difficulty getting pregnant is also a result of smoking. If you are pregnant and smoke through, an early birth can cause a miscarriage or a stillbirth. 

On average, smokers die 11 years earlier than non-smokers. In the France there are 20,000 deaths per year. That is more than 20,000 deaths a year from alcohol, drugs, crime and traffic combined. 

Carcinogenic substances


Tobacco smoke contains thousands of chemicals, at least 70 of which are carcinogenic. The most important three substances that cause major problems are: tar, carbon monoxide and nicotine.

    Tar can lead to bronchitis, pulmonary emphysema, lung cancer and cancer of the throat, oesophagus and larynx.
    Carbon monoxide leads to impaired condition, arteriosclerosis, heart disease (Angina pectoris, heart attack), cerebral infarction and cerebral haemorrhage.

    Nicotine leads to addiction and hypertension.


In addition to lung cancer, smoking increases the risk of more types of cancer such as oral cancer, larynx cancer, throat cancer, oesophageal cancer, kidney cancer, cervical cancer, liver cancer, bladder cancer, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, bowel cancer and myeloid leukaemia. 


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